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Troy, New York has earned some distinctive titles in its more than 200 years of existence. "The Home of Uncle Sam," "The Collar City," and the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Troy has a colorful and engaging history. The city's rich human and industrial legacy is explored in this unprecedented pictorial collection. Troy celebrates the city where 19-year-old Kate Mullaney, an Irishimmigrant, organized 200 women for the first all-female labor union (Collar Laundry Union) more than a century ago. It is where Bessemer Steel was first poured in America, and where the plates for theiron-clad ship, the Monitor, were manufactured—an event that lead to a turning point for the North during the Civil War. Troy was the home of Samuel Wilson, who packed beef for the U.S. Army during the War of 1812, and where the famous trademark U.S., better known as Uncle Sam, originated. The premier cast-iron stove manufacturing center during the early 19th century, Troy was responsible for heating homes around the world. It earned the reputation of "The Collar City" when, at one time, 15,000 workers produced more than $40 million worth of collars, cuffs, and shirts per year. With more than 200 photographs, most of which come from the rich archives of the Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy spans much of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
ISBN: 9780738557557
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Don Rittner is president and owner of The Learning Factory, an innovative education center in the Capital District Region of New York State. Devoted to the preservation of community history, Rittner coordinates the Capital District Preservation Task Force and has published ten books. He has received numerous awards and grants for his preservation work, including the Nature Conservancy's Oak Leaf Award and New York State Outdoor Education Association's Environmentalist of the Year.
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