By Harvey K. Flad,Clyde Griffen
Tells the tale of Poughkeepsie’s transformation from small urban to city region.
The background of progress, decline, and revitalization in Poughkeepsie, manhattan, parallels that of many different small northeastern towns. major highway to Mainframes tells the tale of Poughkeepsie’s transformation during the last 3 centuries—from an agricultural marketplace city, to a small urban with a diverse economic climate founded on major road, to an city zone depending on the luck of 1 corporation—and how this alteration has affected the lives and panorama of its population. because it adjusted to significant alterations in agriculture, transportation, and undefined, Poughkeepsie used to be additionally formed through the forces and tensions of immigration and race. The voices of immigrant and migrant novices, from the Germans, Irish, and African americans of the 19th century to the Italians, Poles, and Latinos of the 20th, brighten up the narrative and provide own views at the social and demographic shifts that experience taken position through the years. The ebook additionally areas Poughkeepsie within the context of the mid–Hudson Valley’s different cities—Kingston, Newburgh, and Hudson—as they competed from the colonial interval onward. eventually, the publication examines fresh revitalization efforts in line with tourism, tradition, and the humanities.
More than simply an area historical past, major road to Mainframes addresses very important matters in city and local making plans, group improvement, and sociology. Like a palimpsest, Poughkeepsie exhibits how prior landscapes live to tell the tale within the current, and the way, through the years, renowned perceptions either form and mirror city and rural realities.
“…remarkably informative … The publication is an interesting learn … [and] probably the simplest guide to my hometown.” — Jerome Hodos, magazine of neighborhood Science
“…[Flad and Griffen’s] thoroughness, cautious examine, and cogent writing provide the intense pupil of historical-urban geography and concrete landscapes an invaluable and fascinating assessment of Poughkeepsie and the significant Hudson Valley. The software of this quantity will final for a very long time … this quantity provides a lot to the literature on small urban improvement, panorama swap, and old geographic reviews of yankee locations. Many should still learn this volume.” — Pennsylvania Geographer
“With an intimate wisdom of the sector, [the authors] have compiled an in depth account in their native land and the encompassing mid-Hudson River valley hinterland … Flad and Griffen chronicle essentially the most vital developments that experience affected not just Poughkeepsie yet different older towns within the northern United States.” — magazine of yank History
“…an bold exam of Poughkeepsie and the wider Mid-Hudson quarter within the 19th and 20th centuries … Flad and Griffen deliver to their research a devotion to Poughkeepsie as neighborhood and shared panorama and current a compelling argument for why realizing background is vital to shaping a extra inclusive society and economic climate within the a long time to come.” — Hudson River Valley Review
“…a considerate, accomplished portrait of Poughkeepsie’s progress from colonial outpost to thriving waterfront city…” — Chronogram
“This is a profoundly vital e-book, a version neighborhood heritage from a cross-disciplinary viewpoint that concentrates at the modifications of the land and the outfitted atmosphere. it's also well timed. It makes transparent that, in Poughkeepsie’s case not less than, revitalization has simply entered a tremendous phase.” — box Horne, convention on long island kingdom History
At Vassar collage, Harvey ok. Flad is Professor Emeritus of Geography, and Clyde Griffen is Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor Emeritus of yankee heritage. Griffen’s prior books contain Natives and newbies: The Ordering of chance in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Poughkeepsie (with Sally Griffen) and Meanings for Manhood: buildings of Masculinity in Victorian the USA (coedited with Mark C. Carnes).