The Hudson: America's River

Paperback | April 10, 2008

byFrances F. Dunwell

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Frances F. Dunwell presents a rich portrait of the Hudson and of the visionary people whose deep relationship with the river inspires changes in American history and culture. Lavishly illustrated with color plates of Hudson River School paintings, period engravings, and glass plate photography, The Hudson captures the spirit of the river through the eyes of its many admirers. It shows the crucial role of the Hudson in the shaping of Manhattan, the rise of the Empire State, and the trajectory of world trade and global politics, as well as the river's influence on art and architecture, engineering, and conservation.

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Frances F. Dunwell presents a rich portrait of the Hudson and of the visionary people whose deep relationship with the river inspires changes in American history and culture. Lavishly illustrated with color plates of Hudson River School paintings, period engravings, and glass plate photography, The Hudson captures the spirit of the ri...

Frances F. Dunwell is the author of Hudson River Highlands and has spent over thirty years in a number of nonprofit and governmental positions dedicated to conserving the natural and historic heritage of the Hudson River.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 11 × 8.75 × 0.68 inPublished:April 10, 2008Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231136412

ISBN - 13:9780231136419

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Frances F. Dunwell has given us wonderful stories about America's river.... She reveals the Hudson's beauty and exposes the contradictions of its history with insights born of personal experience.... We owe Fran our gratitude for all this in her beautifully written book. -- from the foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Foreword, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Prologue: River of Imagining, People of Passion and DreamsAcknowledgments1. 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 Ship2. The River That Unites, the River That Divides: King George and George Washington Vie for the Hudson3. 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 Port4. First Stop on the American Tour: Europe Discovers Sylvanus Thayer's West Point, a Catskills Sunrise, and a River That Defines the American Character5. America's First Artists and Writers: The Sacred River of Thomas Cole, the Mythic River of Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper6. The Industrialized River: Gouverneur Kemble's Weapon Works, Henry Burden's Iron Foundries, and Colonel Stevens's Engine Factory7. Going up the River for Health and Fun: New York City Journalist N. P. Willis Survives TB and Discovers an Idle Wild8. Design with Nature: The Landscape Gardens of A. J. Downing, the Architecture of A. J. Davis, and the Inspiration for Central Park and Riverside Drive9. Gateway to America, Escape Route to Canada: Immigrants Greet a Beacon of Liberty, John Jervis Creates a New River Route, and a Railroad Goes Underground10. 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 Side11. 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 Adirondacks12. 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 Charity13. Over, Under, Across, and Through: Civil Engineers Triumph Over Nature, Except in New York Harbor14. Surviving the Depression, Connecting with Nature: FDR's River of Dignity, Robert Moses's Riverside Drive, and John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s Parkway15. The 1960s: Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, and The Nature Conservancy Campaign to Save a Mountain and Revive a "Dead" RiverEpilogue: A River of Power, and the Power of PassionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A comprehensive portrait of our well-loved waterway." -- Hudson Valley Magazine