Ithaca: A Brief History

Ithaca: A Brief History

by Carol Kammen
     
 

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Calmly nestled among the glacial streams and hills of central New York, residents of Ithaca may find it hard to believe that their city began with a rocky start. Transient teamsters and salt barge workers gave the town a rowdy reputation in its pioneer days, and the fledgling village seemed doomed as the “most isolated place on the Eastern Seaboard.” Over… See more details below

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Calmly nestled among the glacial streams and hills of central New York, residents of Ithaca may find it hard to believe that their city began with a rocky start. Transient teamsters and salt barge workers gave the town a rowdy reputation in its pioneer days, and the fledgling village seemed doomed as the “most isolated place on the Eastern Seaboard.” Over the course of the nineteenth century, Ithaca’s character swung like a pendulum from debauchery to temperance, from boisterous vagrancy to religious fervor and reform. Though the town was hit hard by the Depression of 1837 and periodically ravaged by fire and flood, Ithaca survived to become a lively and bustling community and an important center of education, technological innovation and cultural vibrancy. In this comprehensive history, Carol Kammen shows exactly why Ithaca is known as the “Crown of Cayuga.”

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ISBN-13:
9781596295155
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
10/20/2008
Series:
History Press Brief History Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
920,886
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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