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Spring '20 Issue of The Review OUT NOW

Spring '20 Issue of The Review OUT NOW

May 21, 2020

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The Hudson River Valley Review Spring  2020 Issue

Out now!


Our spring 2020 issue spans Hudson River Valley history from the American Revolution through the First World War—and even a bit beyond. In his article “Fluid Loyalism at the Forge: The Sterling Ironworks and The American Revolution,” Charles Dewey challenges long-held beliefs about what it meant to be a “patriot” or “loyalist” in the contested territories of the lower Hudson Valley. The Blooming Grove church stands today much as it did when rebuilt in 1823 on a 1759 foundation in that same contested region. In “The Veterans’ Church: A History of Community in the Blooming Grove Church,” Michael Matsler uses this structure to illustrate the surrounding settlement’s transition from the Colonial to the Revolutionary and into the modern era.


On a lighter note, in “Thomas Pym Cope and Charles Brockden Brown: Diarists on the Hudson,” James Ryan explores the implications of musings jotted down by two friends journeying up the Hudson River together in 1801, as the Age of Reason gave way to Romanticism here and around the world. Alex Prizgintas celebrates Orange County’s place in the development of a national railroad system and the birth of America’s dairy industry in “When Steel Rails, Glass Bottles, and Fresh Cream Ruled the Country: Orange County’s Role in the Birth of Transporting and Marketing Milk.” Finally, in "FDR's First Political Mentor," Laurence Hauptman introduces readers to publisher, orator, and one-term Congressman Richard E. Connell. Born in Poughkeepsie to immigrant parents—truly a self-made man—Connell helped to shape the political future of a young and inexperienced Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

As always, the issue is rounded out with book reviews and a listing of New and Noteworthy titles about our region.


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The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is the center for the study and promotion of the Hudson River Valley, providing information about the region’s history, culture, economy, and environment, and educational resources to teachers, students, and others through, public programming, and The Hudson River Valley Review. This biannual journal covers all aspects of regional history. All articles in The Hudson River Valley Review undergo peer review.



Volume 36, Number 2, Spring 2020


Fluid Loyalism at the Forge: The Sterling Ironworks and The American Revolution
Charles Dewey

Thomas Pim Cope and Charles Brockden Brown: Diarists on the Hudson
James Ryan

Dick Connell: FDR’s First Political Mentor
Laurence M. Hauptman


Notes and Documents

When Steel Rails, Glass Bottles, and Fresh Cream Ruled the Country
Alex Prizgintas


Regional History Forum

If Windows Could See: The Historic Blooming Grove Church
Michael J. Matsler



 Plus: Book Reviews and New & Noteworthy Titles Received