Skip to content
You are not logged in |Login  
Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Burrows, Edwin G., 1943-2018

Title Gotham : a history of New York City to 1898 / Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  974.71 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  974.71 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  974.71 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  974.7 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  974.71 BUR    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  974.71 WAL    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  974.71 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Adult Department  974.71 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  974.71 BURROWS    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  974.71 B972G    Check Shelf

Description xxiv, 1383 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [1263]-1305) and indexes.
Contents Lenape country and New Amsterdam to 1664 -- British New York (1664-1783) -- Mercantile Town (1783-1843) -- Industrial center and corporate command post (1880-1898) -- References -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Indexes.
Summary The first volume in a monumental, swiftly moving, illustrated history of New York City--the product of twenty years' worth of research--leads readers from the region's Indian tribes to the birth of the skyscraper. To European explorers, it was Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes. Today, it is the site of Broadway and Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, and the home of millions of people, who have come from every corner of the nation and the globe. In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a monumental work of history, one that ranges from the Indian tribes that settled in and around the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation. Readers will relive the tumultuous early years of New Amsterdam under the Dutch West India Company, Peter Stuyvesant's despotic regime, Indian wars, slave resistance and revolt, the Revolutionary War and the defeat of Washington's army on Brooklyn Heights, the destructive seven years of British occupation, New York as the nation's first capital, the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the Erie Canal and the coming of the railroads, the growth of the city as a port and financial center, the infamous draft riots of the Civil War, the great flood of immigrants, the rise of mass entertainment such as vaudeville and Coney Island, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the birth of the skyscraper. Here too is a cast of thousands--the rebel Jacob Leisler and the reformer Joanna Bethune; Clement Moore, who saved Greenwich Village from the city's street-grid plan; Herman Melville, who painted disillusioned portraits of city life; and Walt Whitman, who happily celebrated that same life. We meet the rebel Jacob Leisler and the reformer Joanna Bethune; Boss Tweed and his nemesis, cartoonist Thomas Nast; Emma Goldman and Nellie Bly; Jacob Riis and Horace Greeley; police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt; Colonel Waring and his "white angels" (who revolutionized the sanitation department); millionaires John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, August Belmont, and William Randolph Hearst; and hundreds more who left their mark on this great city.The events and people who crowd these pages guarantee that this is no mere local history. It is in fact a portrait of the heart and soul of America, and a book that will mesmerize everyone interested in the peaks and valleys of American life as found in the greatest city on earth. Gotham is a dazzling read, a fast-paced, brilliant narrative that carries the reader along as it threads hundreds of stories into one great blockbuster.
Subject New York (N.Y.) -- History.
Added Author Wallace, Mike, 1942-
ISBN 0195116348 (acid-free paper)
Standard No. 9780195116342
Add a Review