The Richard Floyd Account Book, 1686-1690: A Search for Authorship and Historical Significance

Note:This article is based on a paper given by Lamont and Strong at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT June 3-6 2012. We thank the Fire Island National Park administration for purchasing digital copies of the ledger books from the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Introduction […]

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Rosenthal review, Running on Empty

John A. Strong. Running on Empty: The Rise and Fall of Southampton College, 1963-2005. Albany: Excelsior Editions, SUNY Press, 2013. Pp. 325. ISBN: 9781438446967. $85.00 cloth, $29.95 paper. This is an exceptionally well-written narrative history of the Southampton branch of Long Island University. In many ways, the tale of the Southampton campus, an outlying branch […]

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Johnson, reviews of Port Jefferson and Yaphank

Robert Maggio and Earlene O’Hare. Port Jefferson. Charleston, SC: Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2013. Pp. 127, photographs. ISBN: 0738598178. Paper, $21.99. Tricia Foley and Karen Mouzakes. Yaphank. Charleston, SC: Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2012. Pp. 127, photographs. ISBN: 0738592951. Paper, $21.99.    Recently, I read in the real estate section of a Long Island […]

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Capozzola Review of Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations, by Charlene Mires

Charlene Mires. Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations. New York: New York University Press, 2013. Pp. 328. ISBN: 9780814707944. $30.00 cloth, $25.00 paper. There was a moment, seventy years ago, when the world’s hopes for peace centered on northern Nassau County. Before the United Nations (UN) took up residence along […]

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Becker, Review of The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island. By Mac Griswold.

Mac Griswold. The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. Pp. 480. ISBN: 9780374266295. Paper, $18.00. Mac Griswold’s book details the fascinating history of her discovery and exploration of Sylvester Manor, a relic of Long Island’s past located on Shelter Island, and family owned for […]

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What Do You Do With the Garbage? New York City’s Progressive Era Sanitary Reforms and Their Impact on the Waste Management Infrastructure in Jamaica Bay

Introduction For most of New York City’s history, the city’s filth was about as evenly distributed as its wealth.  Before reliable municipal services were widely available, affluent residents paid for regular garbage collection, street sweeping, and privy cleaning.[1] But in poorer neighborhoods garbage and filth were allowed to accumulate on the streets and in the […]

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