A Place Called Paradise

A Place Called Paradise

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In 1790, President Timothy Dwight of Yale offered this description of Northampton, a town situated on the banks of the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts: The inhabitants of this valley possess a common character, he remarked. Even the beauty of the scenery, scarcely found in the same degree elsewhere, becomes a source of pride as well as enjoyment. For Dwight, the appeal of the place lay in its proportions, which epitomized eighteenth-century ideas about the proper balance between the natural world and the built environment. Northampton evoked equally powerful visions in others. of saving grace and redemption, while to Swedish soprano Jenny Lind it was simply a paradise. During the 1920s Northampton became Main Street USA - a reassuring backdrop for the presidency of the city's former mayor Calvin Coolidge. But for Smith College professor Newton Arvin, it was the dark side of small-town America which surfaced during the early decades of the Cold War. From witchcraft trials to Shays's Rebellion, from Sojourner Truth and the utopian abolitionists to Sylvester Graham and diet reform, many of the main currents of American life have flowed through this New England river town. Called Paradise brings together a broad range of writing on the city's rich heritage. Edited with an introduction by Kerry W. Buckley, the volume includes essays by John Demos, Christopher Clark, Nell Irvin Painter, David W. Blight, and other distinguished scholars who have found this region fertile ground for research. Together their writings not only chronicle the history of a place but illustrate, in microcosm, the dynamics at work in the larger sweep of America's past.Culture and Community in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1654-2004 Kerry Wayne Buckley. acceptable. aquot;50 Craft skill was not merely the mastery of a specific set of manual operations and concepts that could be transferred ... but because these specific legal instruments were reserved for those young men whose economic, civic, and political identities required it. ... keeping tools in good repair, and brushing and delivering the finished garments, all the while gaining exposure to theanbsp;...

Title:A Place Called Paradise
Author:Kerry Wayne Buckley
Publisher:Univ of Massachusetts Press - 2004


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