Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-v

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Preface

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pp. vii-vii

In addition to offering travelers extraordinary vistas of natural beauty, the Hudson River has inspired political, economic, and artistic revolutions and holds an unrivaled place in American history. But beyond the forces that made the Hudson “America’s River,” its valley has exerted a magnetic attraction that drew the most...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-x

Folk wisdom tells us that we cannot step into the same river twice, and no American waterway proves the adage as well as the Hudson River. Only the seventy first- longest river in the United States, the Hudson’s 315 miles transverse some of the loveliest land in the nation. Four centuries of history along its banks shaped...

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Chapter 1

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pp. 1-36

Born of mountain springs located high on the face of Mt. Marcy, at 5,344 feet the tallest peak in New York State, the Hudson River flows from a small lake called Tear of the Clouds that is strangely without fish. Half of the entire length of the river consists of a slow meander through the timbered Adirondack Mountains north of Albany, and at the capital it widens...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 37-90

Rapid change marked the history of the Hudson Valley in the nineteenth century. As the conflicts of previous times receded into a storied past, its farms and towns became laboratories in which the new nation experimented itself into modernity. Major changes in agricultural production, the stirrings...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 91-122

By the dawn of the twentieth century, the Hudson Valley was not only a vital part of the New York economy but also had insinuated itself into the consciousness of the nation. Historians instructed citizens on the role the river played in securing independence; writers made the contours of the valley and the foibles...