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A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

by Louis J. Parascandola & John Parascandola Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world’s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers—including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis...


Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office

by Frederick Douglass Opie Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Upsetting the Apple Cart looks at the history of black-Latino coalitions in New York City from 1959 to 1989. In those years, African American and Latino Progressives organized, mobilized, and transformed neighborhoods,...


The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings

by Perry Miller & Thomas H. Johnson Dover Publications (September 22, 2014)

Critically acclaimed classic lets Puritans speak for themselves in crucial documents covering history, theory of state and society, religion, customs, behavior, biographies and letters, poetry, literary theory,...


Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park

by Paul Marion Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

Mill Power documents the making of a national park that changed the concept of what a national historical park could be.

For a time in the 1800s, Lowell was Massachusetts’s cosmopolitan, must-see second city....


A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864

by Robert McCaughey Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

In this comprehensive social history of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival research with oral testimony and contemporary interviews to...


The King's Best Highway

by Eric Jaffe Scribner (June 22, 2010)

A VIVID AND FASCINATING LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST STORIED HIGHWAY, THE BOSTON POST ROAD

 

During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post...


Dogtown

by Elyssa East Free Press (December 01, 2009)

The area known as Dogtown -- an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts -- has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics,...


Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era

by Lawrence S. DiCara & Chris Black Hamilton Books (August 15, 2013)

This book tells the personal and political story of Larry DiCara, the youngest person ever elected to the Boston City Council. In this memoir, he offers an insider’s perspective on the decade of turmoil of...


Ghosts of Acadia

by Marcus LiBrizzi Down East Books (May 01, 2011)

Following in the tradition of his first collection of ghost stories, Dark Woods, Chill Waters, Marcus LiBrizzi has researched and written a collection of 21 true ghost stories from the Acadia/Mount Desert Island...


Bar Harbor's Gilded Century: Opulence to Ashes

by Lydia Vandenberg & Earle G. Shettleworth Down East Books (June 01, 2009)

Maine's premier tourist destination, Bar Harbor has many historic buildings. The area was once a shipbuilding and farming hamlet that became a Gilded Age resort of the highest order-until a fire in 1947 destroyed...


The Mountains of Maine: Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names

by Steve Pinkham Down East Books (June 01, 2009)

How did a mountain get the name Moose's Bosom? And what's afoot with the name Toenail Ridge? Avid hiker Steve Pinkham provides informative, quirky, and sometimes downright hilarious answers to these questions....


Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mt. Desert Island

by Bunny McBride & Harald Prins Down East Books (April 01, 2010)

When the Wabanaki were moved to reservations, they proved their resourcefulness by catering to the burgeoning tourist market during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Bar Harbor was called Eden. This engaging,...


Mr. Rockefeller's Roads: The Untold Story of Acadia's Carriage Roads

by Ann Rockefeller Roberts Down East Books (June 01, 2012)

The beautiful carriage roads of Mount Desert Island fit so perfectly into the land it seems as though they have always been there. Actually, they are the result of decades of planning and painstaking effort...


Looking Astern: An Artist's View of Maine's Historic Working Waterfronts

by Loretta Krupinski Down East Books (April 01, 2010)

Loretta Krupinski depicts coastal towns 70 to 150 years ago in their heyday. Each beautifully rendered image captures Maine when fishing, quarrying, and the cargo trade were the backbone of Maine's economy....


American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, A Man Who Turned Disaster Into Destiny

by Sarah S. Kilborne Free Press (October 16, 2012)

The incredible story of nineteenth-century millionaire William Skinner, a leading founder of the American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating flood—and his improbable, inspiring comeback to...


The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast

by Kathleen J. Bragdon Columbia University Press (February 05, 2002)

Descriptions of Indian peoples of the Northeast date to the Norse sagas, centuries before permanent European settlement, and the region has been the setting for a long history of contact, conflict, and accommodation...


Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk's Public Schools

by Jeffrey L. Littlejohn & Charles H. Ford University of Virginia Press (August 13, 2012)

In Elusive Equality, Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Charles H. Ford place Norfolk, Virginia, at the center of the South's school desegregation debates, tracing the crucial role that Norfolk's African Americans played...


New England Myths and Legends

by Diana Ross Mccain Globe Pequot Press (April 01, 2019)

New EnglandMyths and Legends explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. From vampires to an angel, a ghost rapper...


Sailing Ships of New England 1606-1907

by George Francis Dow & John Robinson Skyhorse (March 17, 2007)

Gathered from museums and private collections, the hundreds of images here are a reminder of a time when sailing was central to the life and growth of New England. Including paintings and photographs of vessels...


Impact Statement

by Bob Halloran Skyhorse (September 17, 2013)

As the biggest criminal trial since the Boston Strangler draws nearer, the public’s fascination with the life and crimes of mob boss Whitey Bulger continues to heat up. Many stories have been told about the...


New England's Colonial Inns & Taverns

by Maria Olia Globe Pequot Press (June 30, 2016)

New England’s Colonial Inns and Taverns explores the history of these institutions and visits those that are still around. Today, there’s no better remedy for the winter blues than a visit to a Colonial...


Wildfire Loose

by Joyce Butler Down East Books (July 17, 2014)

In October 1947, Maine experienced the worst fire disaster in its history. Climaxing months of drought, fires raged across more than 200,000 acres. Nine communities were practically leveled and four others severely...


New England Nightmares

by Keven McQueen Quarry Books (September 01, 2018)

New England is renowned for its quaint towns, beautiful landscapes, and busy ports. But it is also infamous as the setting for unexplained deaths, ghost stories, bizarre murders, and peculiar wills and epitaphs....


Death on Katahdin

by Randi Minetor Down East Books (September 01, 2018)

Mount Katahdin, in Baxter State Park, is Maine's highest mountain. It is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Tucked away in the remote North Woods, it is an adventure seeker's paradise. Hiking,...


The Ninth State

by Lynn Warren Turner The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Turner's work documents New Hampshire's transition from colony to state, including the development of the state constitution, the contests between constantly mutating political parties, and the conquering of...


William Plumer of New Hampshire, 1759–1850

by Lynn Warren Turner Omohundro Institute and University of North Caroli (June 15, 2018)

This biography of William Plumer--New Hampshire lawyer, politician, senator, and governor--furnishes unique insight into state, local, and national politics in the formative period of party development. Plumer...


William Plumer of New Hampshire, 1759–1850

by Lynn Warren Turner Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

This biography of William Plumer--New Hampshire lawyer, politician, senator, and governor--furnishes unique insight into state, local, and national politics in the formative period of party development. Plumer...


Captain John Gallop

by Williams Haynes Globe Pequot Press (March 30, 2018)

Capt. John Gallop; Master Mariner and Indian Trader, and his son, John, Jr.—the colorful careers of pioneers in our coastal-West Indian trader by Williams Haynes.

Sponsored by the Gallup Family Association,...


The History of Plainville Connecticut, 1640-1918

by Henry Allen Castle Globe Pequot Press (March 30, 2018)

This is a comprehensive history of the beginnings, trials, and flourishing of Plainville Connecticut. As Gertrude Castle Nystrom wrote in the preface to her father’s book, “This history of the beginnings...


The Wethersfield Story

by Lois M. Wieder Globe Pequot Press (March 30, 2018)

Wethersfield, the oldest permanent English settlement in Connecticut, enjoys a rich historic heritage. From the small group of people who came in 1634, the Town has grown to an estimated population of 23,000....


Urban Archaeology Boston

by Dan Tobyne Down East Books (August 01, 2018)

Cities are constantly changing, constantly under construction, constantly moving forward. But if you know how and where to look, and if you look carefully, much of the past is waiting to be rediscovered beneath...


Cursed in New England

by Joseph A. Citro Globe Pequot Press (August 01, 2018)

New Englanders are always cursing. But a colorful profanity uttered by some stero-typically taciturn old Yankee is usually more humorous than menacing. Yet, true maledictions (the opposite of benedictions) have...


Rivers of Fortune

by Bill Caldwell Down East Books (January 01, 2002)

This fast-paced and fascinating story, originally published in 1983, covers a vital part of coastal Maine's history too long overlooked: the cultural history of the Penobscot, Kennebec, Saco, and Damariscotta...


Death on Mount Washington

by Randi Minetor Lyons Press (May 01, 2018)

On Mount Washington, it’s lack of preparation, not the mountain, that kills. The weather is highly changeable with wind gusts of 140 mph and -35 degree temps. Then there are the avalanches and icefalls. Combine...


The Groton Story

by Carol Kimball Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

The town history of Groton, Connecticut 1600-1965.


Tales of Old Wallingford 1670–1970

by Clarence E. Hale Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

Recounting briefly of the historical events of importance to the people of the town of Wallingford, CT from its founding in 1680 to the celebration of the tricentennial in 1970.


Connecticut's Revolutionary Press

by Charles L. Cutler Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

In the years leading up to the American Revolution, tensions were high, but not everyone felt the same effects of British oppression. Connecticut newspapers took up the mantle to not just report the injustices,...


Connecticut's War Governor

by David M. Roth Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

Connecticut’s War Governor is a biography of Jonathan Trumbull, who was governor from 1769 to 1784. Trumbull is one of the only Americans who served as governor of both a pre-Revolutionary colony and a post-Revolutionary...


Connecticut's Seminary of Sedition

by Louis Lenard Tucker Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

From the Preface: In the 1700s, American colleges like Yale were hotbeds of intellectual activity that lead the country to revolution. According to author Louis Tucker, this volume is a study that “seeks to...


Connecticut's Black Soldiers, 1775-1783

by David O. White Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

Black soldiers of the American Revolution? Not a credible statement in light of what most Americans have read about the Revolutionary War. We have heard of Casimir Pulaski the Pole, Marquis de Lafayette the...


The Whaling City

by Robert Owen Decker Globe Pequot Press (December 15, 2017)

From its beginnings New London's history is bound to the sea. Income from the whaling industry alone was fabulous. Yet the history of this unusual city at the mouth of the Thames, is one of many endeavors. Robert...


The Thomas Lee House

by Celeste E. Bush & Norman Morrison Isham Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

The Thomas Lee Hose (c 1660) at East Lyme. Three architectural experts describe and explain this distinguished 17th century house and its successive restorations; edited by William F. Saars.

Sponsored by the...


The Redemptioner

by Isaac Rusling Pennypacker Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

The sea chest with four hundred pounds sterling cleverly hidden in a secret compartment rested abandoned on the quay as the square-rigger put out from England in a freshening breeze. Young Richard Holt, the...


Connecticut Signer

by Bruce P. Stark Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

This is a biography of William Williams, a merchant, a delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As the son of a minister, Williams studied theology...


Connecticut Attacked

by Robert McDevitt Globe Pequot Press (December 01, 2017)

America won the Revolutionary War against all odds. They were outnumbered and outmaneuvered for the majority of the war, but a few strategic wins turned the tables. One such strategic encounter occurred after...


Wicked Weird & Wily Yankees

by Stephen Gencarella Globe Pequot Press (May 01, 2018)

Incredible Stories of the Prophets, Vagabonds, Fortune-Tellers, Hermits, Lords, and Poets Who Shaped New England

New England has been a lot of things—an economic hub, a cultural center, a sports mecca—but...


It Happened in Massachusetts

by Larry Pletcher & Dan Spinella Globe Pequot Press (December 30, 2008)

You've studied the Salem witch trials, the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere's midnight ride. But do you know the whole story? It Happened in Massachusetts gives readers inside information on these events as...


Maine's Remarkable Women

by Kate Kennedy Down East Books (May 01, 2016)

Maine's Remarkable Women tells the stories of fifteen strong and determined women who broke through social, cultural, or political barriers. Through their passions for art, exploration, literature, politics,...


Last One In

by John Gould Down East Books (March 19, 2016)

There used to be a time when marvelous skyrockets could be purchased for a dime and the iceman came around once a week, when throwing a cap on and off took special talent and pants had watch pockets. When John...


Dancing in Paradise, Burning in Hell

by Trudy Irene Scee Down East Books (May 01, 2016)

An often overlooked segment of Maine (and American) history is the story of women in the working class dance industries. Generally looked upon with a gasp of shock, burlesque and vaudeville dancing, and later...