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HOWE, Henry F. Salt Rivers of the Massachusetts Shore. Illustrated by John O'Hara Cosgrave II. New York and Toronto : Rinehart & Company, Inc., (1951). First Edition with publisher's device on copyright page. Pp (8),ix-xiv,(4),5-370. 8vo (140 x 209 mm), blue cloth, with gilt lettering to spine, with title lettering within a darker blue panel. With a blind-stamped 'The R of A" device to front board. This copy does not have the top edge stained light blue.
No. 45 in the Rivers of America series.
Fitzgerald, The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography , S39.
Henry Forbush Howe (b. January 15, 1905 in Cohasset, - d. March 6, 1977 in Chicago) was a physician and historian.
"In the nearly thirty little rivers which indent the Massachusetts shore line from Dartmouth up to Cape Ann lies a force which shaped the history of the state itself and much of the history of our country. Negligible in size, none navigable for more than ten miles, these streams, with no power to lure westward as the big rivers did, demanded and made a way of life. The soil on their shores was rocky and unsuited to agriculture, but these creeks and streams were strong enough to turn millwheels and in the early years, big enough to make the settlers turn to boats rather than roads. So the newcomers from England were forced into commerce and industry by the seemingly inadequate waters that flow into Buzzards Bay, Plymouth Bay, and the drowned valley of Boston Bay.
About the rivers Dr. Howe has woven a fascinating history of eastern Massachusetts, tracing the development of the democratic town meeting from the stiff-necked theocracy of the Bible Commonwealth, the growth of primary education from its early beginnings here, the seeds and flower of revolution (including the most interesting story of the Revolution at sea), the halcyon days of Yankee commerce, and finally the appearance of Massachusetts' provincialism, which was paralleled by strong cultural and scientific activities that meant much to the nation as a whole." - from the jacket.
1. The Ancient River of Massachusetts Bay;
2. The Wilderness and the Indian;
3. Preliminaries to the Settlement of Massachusetts;
4. New Plymouth;
5. Stirrings in the Baye of the Massachusetts;
6. The Bible Commonwealth;
7. Growing Pains of Plymouth and Bay;
8. Controversies with England;
9. Fifty Prosperous Years;
10. The Tumult in the Prosperous Years;
11. Massachusetts in Revolt;
12. The Revolution in Massachusetts;
13. The Revolution at Sea;
14. President John Adams;
15. The China Trade;
16. Rumors of Disunity;
17. Liberal Reforms in the Industrial Revolution;
18. Ox Teams and Water Power in the Taunton Valley;
19. Clipper Ships and Forty-niners;
20. Massachusetts Statesmen in the Crisis of National Union;
21. Adjustments of Massachusetts to the Growing Nation;
22. The Twentieth-Century Economy;
23. God Save the Commonwealth.
With bibliography and index.
Rear flap of jacket has advert for Edwin Corle's The Gila: River of the Southwest , No. 44 in the series.
Very good in rubbed, price-clipped dustjacket. 40.00
Title: Salt Rivers of the Massachusetts Shore. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Rinehart, 1951,: 1951
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