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Time and the Town: A Provincetown Chronicle

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Mary Heaton Vorse was, to many, the spirit of American radicalism incarnate. This pioneer of labor journalism in the United States covered the Lawrence textile strike, the great steel strike of 1919, and the 1937 auto workers' strike and factory takeover in Flint, Michigan. Vorse was prominent in the women's suffrage movement, libertarian socialism, feminism and world peace. As a war correspondent, she traveled to Lenin's Moscow and Hitler's Germany. On the day she died, Vorse was planning her involvement in the ...
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Mary Heaton Vorse was, to many, the spirit of American radicalism incarnate. This pioneer of labor journalism in the United States covered the Lawrence textile strike, the great steel strike of 1919, and the 1937 auto workers' strike and factory takeover in Flint, Michigan. Vorse was prominent in the women's suffrage movement, libertarian socialism, feminism and world peace. As a war correspondent, she traveled to Lenin's Moscow and Hitler's Germany. On the day she died, Vorse was planning her involvement in the movement against the Vietnam War.

But there was another side to Vorse. Twice widowed, she wrote popular magazine articles (which she referred to as "lollypops") to support her three children, becoming a vanguard working mother. She also had a profound sense of place. Arriving in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for a week's vacation in 1907, the town became her home for life. Vorse's Time and the Town reveals the historical, political, economic, and personal significance of this place to this extraordinary woman. This reissue adds contemporary photographs and a comprehensive foreword which puts into perspective the intellectual climate of Provincetown at the beginning of a new century. Here was an atmosphere that attracted artists and radicals such as Eugene O'Neill, John Dos Passos, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Jack Reed. Here was the place of which Vorse wrote "... I had the sense of completion that a hitherto homeless person has on discovering home."

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Part I Age of Innocence [1907-1911]
I. Provincetown 9
II. The Cook Saga 15
III. Kibbe Cook's House 28
IV. Age of Innocence 35
V. Old Customs and New 45
VI. The Coast Guard 52
VII. History 62
Part II The Onion [1912-1916]
VIII. The Onion 74
IX. Provincetown Houses 87
X. Our House Grows 94
XI. Clan Avellar 104
XII. Old Wharves 110
XIII. The Provincetown Players 116
Part III Wartime [1917-1921]
XIV. Wartime in Provincetown 127
XV. Other Ports and Other Harbors 138
XVI. Provincetown Harbor 147
XVII. Postwar Years 154
XVIII. The Portuguese of Provincetown 160
XIX. The Fresh Fishermen 167
XX. Great Fishing Captains 175
Part IV Days of the Locust [1922-1926]
XXI. Days of the Locust 182
XXII. The Back Country 189
XXIII. The Two Theaters 197
XXIV. The Painters of Provincetown 204
XXV. Unsettled Days 213
XXVI. Tired to Death 219
Part V Depression [1927-1931]
XXVII. The S-4 226
XXVIII. Eating the Arequipa 235
XXIX. Dragging the Weirs 242
XXX. The Firebug 249
XXXI. Likker Ashore 263
XXXII. More Likker Ashore 272
XXXIII. The Eclipse 281
Part VI New Deal [1932-1936]
XXXIV. Bank Holiday and Relief in Provincetown 286
XXXV. The Changed Town 293
XXXVI. How to Get to Provincetown 300
XXXVII. The Changed Neighborhood 304
XXXVIII. Beam Trawlers and Dorymen 311
XXXIX. Wonders of the Deep 317
XL. The Outside Shore 324
Part VII A World Ends [1937-1941]
XLI. The Hurricane 329
XLII. A Provincetown Winter 336
XLIII. Fish on Shore 343
XLIV. The Beach, Garbage and Cesspools 351
XLV. Summer Folk 358
XLVI. A World Ends 366
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