Hudson America's River

ISBN-10: 0231136412

ISBN-13: 9780231136419

Edition: 2008

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Offering sea-level access through the Adirondacks, the Hudson River once helped the country's largest and most innovative iron, cotton, and ship manufacturers send their goods to remote locations around the world. The river's untamed landscape cultivated our first homegrown works of art, literature, and design, inspiring poets to populate the Hudson's banks with folklore and fairies and millionaires to build airy castles on its shores. To this day, the Hudson remains a central waterway reflecting the imagination, ambition, and restlessness of the American heart. The journey from the river's source in the mountains to its termination in New York Bay reveals the grand sweep of industry and culture as it has evolved in our country and radiated out into the world. In this richly illustrated book, Frances F. Dunwell tells the history of the "magical alchemy between a river, its people, and the ideas of the times." Beginning with the age of Dutch exploration and concluding with the environmental cleanup initiatives that set a national precedent for conservation, Dunwell presents a portrait of the river that's as varied as its own landscape. Consulting diaries, maps, books, and letters, she looks at the Hudson through the lenses of the Revolutionary War, the perspective of the Knickerbocker writers and the Hudson River school painters, the "bare-knuckle" era of the robber barons, the industrial age, and the environmental movements launched after the first Earth Day. Dunwell captures the spirit of the Hudson through the voices and lives of those who changed the river and were, in turn, changed by it. The history of the Hudson embodies much of what is significant about America-our culture and military, our innovations in manufacturing and transportation, and our artistic, recreational, and environmental heritage.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.344
Language: English

Prologue: A River of Imagining, People of Daring and Dreams
World's End, World Trade, World River: Henry Hudson's Failed Quest, Adriaen Van der Donck's Utopian Vision, and the Legend of the Storm Ship
The River That Unites, the River That Divides: King George and George Washington Vie for the Hudson
America's River of Empire: Robert Fulton's Folly, Robert Livingston's Venture Capital, and DeWitt Clinton's Ditch Spark the Rise of New York Port
First Stop on the American Tour: Europe Discovers Sylvanus Thayer's West Point, a Catskills Sunrise, and a River That Defines the American Character
America's First Artists and Writers: The Sacred River of Thomas Cole and the Mythic River of Washington Irving
The Industrialized River: Gouverneur Kemble's Weapon Works, Henry Burden's Iron Foundries, and Colonel Stevens's Engine Factory
Going up the River for Health and Fun: New York City Journalist N. P. Willis Survives TB and Discovers an Idle Wild
Design with Nature: The Landscape Gardens of A. J. Downing, the Architecture of A. J. Davis, and the Inspiration for Central Park and Riverside Drive
Gateway to America, Escape Route to Canada: Immigrants Greet a Beacon of Liberty, John Jervis Creates a New River Route, and a Railroad Goes Underground
Millionaires' Row: The River Castles of J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and Frederic Church, and the Floating Palaces of Manhattan's West Side
A Forest to Protect a Commercial River: Land Surveyor Verplanck Colvin, Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard, and the New York Board of Trade Campaign to Safeguard the Hudson in the Adirondacks
An Interstate Park for the Palisades and the Highlands and a New Progressive Vision: Elizabeth Vermilye's Women's Clubs, Edward and Mary Harriman's Park, Mrs. Olmsted's Fresh Air Camp, and Margaret Sage's Charity
Over, Under, Across, and Through: Civil Engineers Triumph Over Nature, Except in New York Harbor
Surviving the Depression, Connecting with Nature: FDR's River of Dignity, Robert Moses's Riverside Drive, and John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s Parkway
Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, and the Nature Conservancy: Hiker Leo Rothschild, Sportswriter Bob Boyle, and Folksinger Pete Seeger Campaign to Save a Mountain and Revive a "Dead" River
Epilogue: A River of Power, and the Power of Passion
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