Western New York and the Gilded Age

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Born from the success of the Erie Canal, the communities of Western New York enjoyed a century of growth and prosperity during America's Gilded Age. Buffalo was one of the richest cities in America and dominated industry and politics, producing two presidents. Wealth and architectural opportunity enticed figures like Frank Lloyd Wright, while the events of the Pan-American Exposition and a presidential assassination and inauguration attracted the world's attention. Drawing on the natural resources of Niagara ...

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Overview

Born from the success of the Erie Canal, the communities of Western New York enjoyed a century of growth and prosperity during America's Gilded Age. Buffalo was one of the richest cities in America and dominated industry and politics, producing two presidents. Wealth and architectural opportunity enticed figures like Frank Lloyd Wright, while the events of the Pan-American Exposition and a presidential assassination and inauguration attracted the world's attention. Drawing on the natural resources of Niagara Falls and profiting from a friendly relationship with Canada, the people of Western New York enjoyed luxurious leisure time and documented their adventures in photo albums and postcards. It is these images and remembrances, beautifully reproduced in this book, that capture this charming time in Western New York's history.

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On first sight, Western New York and the Gilded Age seem like incompatible subjects. As most of us know it, the Gilded Age rolled out its red carpets in places like New York City and Newport. As often happens though, historical truth in this case is far more complicated than our hasty conceptions. This Visual Images pictorial registers the impact of the era on prosperous Buffalo and the upscale resorts of Thousand Islands and other Western New York enclaves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299825
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Vintage Images Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 820,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction. The Gilded Age 11

Chapter 1 Big Business 13

Chapter 2 Politics and Patriotism 37

Chapter 3 Creating Communities 61

Chapter 4 Travel and Transportation 87

Chapter 5 Luxury and Leisure 107

Chapter 6 Waterfalls and Wonders 133

Conclusion. The Circle of Life 147

Bibliography 153

About the Authors 157

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