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From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns
A Comparative History of Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, New York, 1784-2001
From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns
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Claire Puccia Parham - Author
Price: $45.00 
Hardcover - 189 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-5981-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5981-2

Price: $45.00 
Electronic - 189 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8567-5

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Comprehensive study of two towns on either side of the U.S.-Canadian border.

From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns adds a new dimension to the debate over the perceived differences between American and Canadian society. This fascinating case study examines two communities separated by the St. Lawrence River: Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, New York, from the end of the Revolutionary War to the present. Moving from the struggles of early settlers to industrialization and beyond, Claire Puccia Parham chronicles how the residents of both areas created similar social, political, and economic institutions because of their peripheral locations in a capitalist world system and their inherent congregational and democratic values. These distinctive views often brought them into conflict with national leaders.

“…this book … offer[s] some insights into the magnitude and complexity of industrial development in a little-studied part of the Canadian-American border.” — The Canadian Historical Review

"Parham corrects the lack of attention the North Country has received from historians. This clearly written and accessible work uses two cities, separated by a river that also happens to be the national boundary between Canada and the United States, to test what is arguably the biggest issue within all of American historiography: the question of American exceptionalism. The findings are well supported and make a real contribution to that debate." — Alan L. Draper, St. Lawrence University

"The author does a fine job of demonstrating how Cornwall and Massena are much more similar to one another than they are different." — Oscar J. Martínez, author of Border People: Life and Society in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Claire Puccia Parham received her Ph.D. in American History from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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Table of Contents



1. The Early Settlement of Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, New York, 1784-1834

2. The Canal Era and the First Manufacturing Boom in Cornwall and Massena, 1834-1900

3. The Era of Large Corporations in Cornwall and Massena, 1900-1954

4. The St. Lawrence Seaway Project and Its Short-Term Social Impact on Cornwall and Massena, 1954-1958

5. The Long-Term Economic Impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project on Cornwall and Massena



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