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This book concerns the emergence and impact of the summer colony in the village of Southampton, New York, between the years 1870 and 1900, particularly the often fraught relations between the area's wealthy resort population and its year-round residents. Essentially a study in social change and conflict, the book revolves around a number of key issues that preoccupied inhabitants and summer residents alike and were the subject of great controversy at the time, including beach rights, oyster farming in Mecox Bay, and the loss of the Shinnecock Hills, first by the Native American inhabitants and then by the town itself to outside developers. Due consideration is given to those individuals who played major roles in these disputes. The book also explores salient and significant aspects of Southampton's early history insofar as they relate to the period in question.
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About the Author
David Goddard is a retired Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York and is the author of The Maidstone Links. He currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York.
Table of ContentsPreface
2. The Beach, the Lake, the Church and the Improvement Association
3. The Association and the Village Community
4. The Medox Bay Affair
5. Mecox Redux
gallery of photographs following page 174
6. Early History of the Shinnecock Hills
7. Partition and Sale of the Hills
8. The Summer Colony Consolidated 1888-1900
9. The Betts Case