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Author: Judy Harp Mallozzi and Dana Nimey Olney
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 146712267X
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The fertile farmlands of the Mohawk Valley brought the first settlers to Whitestown, founded by Hugh White in 1784. Abundant water was available to service mills and to provide a means for shipping goods from the existing knitting mills, cheese factories, iron works, and lumberyards of Whitesboro, a village of Whitestown. Irish immigrants settled into Whitesboro after building the Erie Canal, while German immigrants brought their carpenter talents to build furniture, such as the famous Quigley rolltop desk. The Dutch sought out Wybo E. Wind, the Dutch baker who employed many in his bakery, and because of the large number of Welsh immigrants in Remsen, there was a big spillover into Whitesboro. Among the first things sought by those visiting the area is Whitesboro's diverse cuisine, boasting some of the best Italian, Greek, and Lebanese dishes, all brought by immigrants. Whiteboro's proximity to the Adirondacks allows residents to enjoy camps, summer homes, swimming, and winter activities. The rolling hills and beautiful scenery are part of the charm that still attracts people to the area today.

New York Mills

Author: Eugene E. Dziedzic
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738597589
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New York Mills, named for the textile factories that were once the backbone of the surrounding village's economy, ranked among the foremost producers of quality fabrics in the country. Originally a wilderness area just south of the Mohawk River, the community began with a few scattered homes after the establishment of a small textile mill in 1808. Nourished by a growing economy, the village attracted a mosaic of Welsh and French-Canadian workers in the 19th century, followed by Poles, Syro-Lebanese, and Italians in the early 20th century. A hotbed of abolitionism in the antebellum years, it sent high percentages of its residents off to the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. In 1912 and 1916, its Polish residents founded a union and led textile strikes that were considered the most successful in the nation at that time. With the eventual closing of the mills in the 1950s, residents found employment in the surrounding area as the village evolved into a stable and prosperous suburban community.

Sundown Towns

Author: James W. Loewen
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1620974541
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“Powerful and important . . . an instant classic.” —The Washington Post Book World The award-winning look at an ugly aspect of American racism by the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, reissued with a new preface by the author In this groundbreaking work, sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the classic bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America. In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of “sundown towns”—almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks weren’t welcome—that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South. Written with Loewen’s trademark honesty and thoroughness, Sundown Towns won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and launched a nationwide online effort to track down and catalog sundown towns across America. In a new preface, Loewen puts this history in the context of current controversies around white supremacy and the Black Lives Matter movement. He revisits sundown towns and finds the number way down, but with notable exceptions in exclusive all-white suburbs such as Kenilworth, Illinois, which as of 2010 had not a single black household. And, although many former sundown towns are now integrated, they often face “second-generation sundown town issues,” such as in Ferguson, Missouri, a former sundown town that is now majority black, but with a majority-white police force.


Author: Raymond F. Ball
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738555249
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Marcy is not a town but rather a township made up of several hamlets, Stittville being the largest. These hamlets originated with groups of various religions and nationalities, such as Welch, Methodist, and Baptist. The one thing they all had in common was their desire to survive and prosper. The answer was in farming and all the hard work that had to be done every day. In the late 1850s, everything changed when the railroad came to town. Travel outside the farm fences became easy and enjoyable. Residents could catch the train and, in only 20 minutes, be in Utica, a whole different world, with stores and merchandise unlike anything on the farm. Today the farming has all but gone, and Marcy is largely a bedroom community with a mixture of small shops, electricity and water distribution systems, and higher education institutions.

Love And Promise

Author: David Abraham
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781467835831
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Love and Promise is a story played out against the backdrop of a rural Upstate New York community where the grandson of Lebanese and Italian immigrants endeavors to overcome prejudice. A farm boy struggles to be accepted for his accomplishments rather than his ethnicity and lineage. James Rahin, tired of living the life of a dirt-poor farmer, dreamt of the good life. He wanted a nice house, a new car, and clothes that were not hand-me-downs. He observed that the glaring differences between his poor friends and relatives, and those who had the things he craved to have, was wealth. People with money either own a successful business or they were educated professionals. In his junior year of high school Jim became obsessed with the idea of attending college. His goal was to attend college and law school. Jim's attitude about life and women hardens when his older brother married an attractive blond. Jim saw the responsibilities of marriage forever alter Joe's priorities. Attending college could no longer be one of his brother's goals. Jim vowed that he would never allow anything or anyone to deter him from his dream. In high school Jim met Laura, a winsome girl who introduced him to a woman's warmth and passion. She tried to possess him with her body, but her carnal pleasures were not enough to sway him from his self-promise. Connie broke Jim's heart and set him on a path of distrust. Women were only visitors to his affection. He took what was offered but avoided the pitfalls of love. Through personal loss, an enlistment in the Marines, and bigotry at home and away- Jim stayed true to his promise. Then he met Hope.

Legendary Locals Of Greater Utica

Author: James L. Davis
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467100846
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Utica s neighborhoods are filled with people whose passion for family, food, faith, and civic engagement are exemplary of the true American experience. Lives devoted to politics, business, sports, and scholarship have found their start, and often times their purpose, in Greater Utica. The nation s politics have been shaped by the likes of abolitionist Gerrit Smith, Congressman Roscoe Conkling, Vice Pres. James Sherman, and political pollster John Zogby. Enterprises including American Express and the Associated Press received boosts from businessmen John Butterfield and Theodore Faxton. Dick Clark hit the Utica airwaves long before American Bandstand was a household favorite, Will Smith wore a Proctor uniform before becoming a New Orleans Saint, and Arthur B. Davies learned to paint Mohawk Valley landscapes before introducing America to modernist art. Those looking to reclaim Utica s birthright as an essential American landmark include chefs Dean and Jason Nole, publisher Donna Donovan, Olympian-turned-entrepreneur Robert Esche, and the brewers of Saranac Beer, the Matt family."


Author: Joseph P. Bottini
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738554969
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Serving as a wilderness crossroads and eventual stopover and trade location on the world-famous Erie Canal, Utica fulfilled a vital function in New York StateA[a¬a[s overall role as the gateway to the American West.