Staten Island in the Nineteenth Century: From Boomtown to Forgotten Borough

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Emerging from the Revolutionary War and the formation of a new nation, Staten Island was poised to enter the nineteenth century ripe for growth and prosperity. Fueled by waves of immigration, Richmond County became a boomtown of industry and transportation. Piloting his first ferry with just two small masts and eighteen-cent fares, Cornelius Vanderbilt built a transit empire from his native shores of Staten Island. When the Civil War erupted, Richmond played a key role in housing and training Union troops as 125 naval guns protected New York Harbor at the Narrows. At the close of the century, Staten Island was swept up in the politics of consolidation, with 84 percent of locals voting to join Greater New York, yet the promised benefits of a new mega-city never materialized. Author Joe Borelli charts the trials and triumphs of Staten Island in the nineteenth century.
ISBN: 9781467150293
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Images: 47
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Joseph Borelli is a member and minority leader of the New York City Council, representing the South Shore of Staten Island since 2015. Joe is also an adjunct professor of political science at the College of Staten Island and was a Lindsay Fellow at the CUNY Institute of State and Local Governance. He is a contributor to The Hill and regularly appears as a commentator on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNNI, HLN, BBC, OAN, AM970 and WABC. He has also been published in the New York Daily News, New York Post, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Staten Island Advance, Gotham Gazette and City and State NY. He serves as a spokesman for the New York State Republican Party. He lives in Annadale with his wife, Rachel; two sons, Joseph Jr. and John; and an overweight English bulldog named Luna.
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