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The Empire City: New York and Its People, 1624-1996 / Edition 1

The Empire City: New York and Its People, 1624-1996 / Edition 1

by Selma C. Berrol


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The Empire City: New York and Its People, 1624-1996 / Edition 1

There has always been a symbiotic relationship between New York City and the people who have settled there. This study traces the major developments on Manhattan Island, which began as a base for privateering, as it evolved into one of the world's great cities. At the same time, the author also describes the background, the adjustments that had to be made to the New World, and the contributions of the millions who chose to settle there. There are six chronological chapters, each discussing the groups who came in the years as covered by that chapter, the city as it was when they arrived, what they added to the city, and how life in New York enabled most to improve their lives. The Irish laborers who came in the middle of the 19th century, for example, contributed enormously to the building of a clean water system. The wages earned from this work allowed them to feed, house and clothe their families while enabling the city to avoid the frequent cholera epidemics that had devastated the city in earlier years.

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ISBN-13: 9780275969356
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

SELMA BERROL is Professor Emerita at taruch College. A lifelong New Yorker, she is the author of five books, all of which deal with the immigrants, schools, and history of New York City.

Table of Contents


From Trading Post to Commercial City, 1624-1824

Growth and Change in the Commercial City, 1825-1870

A New Metropolis: New York and Its People, 1870-1920

Boom Times, Bad Times: New York and Its People, 1920-1945

Postwar New York: Bright City, Dark City, 1945-1970

Roller Coaster Years: New York and Its People, 1970-1995

Bibliographical Essay


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