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Stamford: An Illustrated History by Estelle F. Feinstein

In the early 1600s, a handful of restless inhabitants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony left Boston for Wethersfield, Connecticut, later continuing on to the site then known as "Rippowam." "Rippowam" became known as "Stamford," a sleepy New England village. But as New York began emerging as the preeminent city in America, Stamford, less than 40 miles away, was pulled into a new sphere. Even in the dawn of its own industrial prosperity in the 19th century, Stamford was the home of New York commuters. It was also the home of an increasingly diverse population. After eras of subsistence, then surplus, farming in the 17th and 18th centuries, industrial enterprise and trade in the 19th, and the postindustrial slump, Stamford today -- with sweet irony -- is the site of a large cluster of Fortune 500 companies who left New York behind.

How did this all come about, and what is the character of this city which has undergone so many changes in three and a half centuries? As the product of time, people, and events, Stamford's story and character are unique, and uniquely captured with remarkable economy and freshness. Writing with equal insight about civic developments, personalities and ethnic diversity, industrial changes, and the role Stamford has played in national and world events, the authors relate not only the facts, but also the special flavor of their city.

In complement, and in some cases supplement, to the narrative, is a gallery of illustrations -- photographs, lithographs, paintings, rare ephemera items, engravings, and sparkling color plates -- reflecting Stamford life in its many aspects from its founding right up to the 21st century. A special chapter, "Chronicles of Leadership," traces the history of many of Stamford's businesses and organizations and an illustrated timeline of significant events further enhances the text. As beautiful as it is enlightening, Stamford: An Illustrated History is required reading for anyone with a desire to know how Stamford became Stamford.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781892724274
Publisher: American Historical Press
Publication date: 08/14/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
IPuritan Settlement on the Rippowam8
IIVillage of the Connecticut Colony20
IIIThe Crisis of the Revolution34
IVOld Town in the New Republic48
VThe Irish, The Iron Horse, and The Civil War60
VIEmergence of the Company Town74
VIIExpansion of the Industrial City90
VIIIContraction and Consolidation110
IXRenewal and Transformation136
XAdjusting to Economic Change144
XIPreserving a City's Quality of Life150
XIIChronicles of Leadership158
Timeline of Stamford's History206
Acknowledgments210
Bibliography211
Index214

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