The Handbook of Amherst: New Edition of the Classic

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Learn about the University of Massachusetts-Amherst when it was still a quiet agricultural college barely past its infancy. Discover quaint pastimes and bygone traditions at elite Amherst College, founded in 1821 by Noah Webster and others. And brush up on the heroes and villains of the Pioneer Valley's colonial days, from populist icon Daniel Shays, leader of Shays' Rebellion, to the notorious Lord Jeffery Amherst, who was revered as a war hero but is reviled for having suggested that Indians be given smallpox-infected blankets. The Handbook of Amherst provides a rich and illuminating vignette of life in the late nineteenth century in a classic New England college town. Edited and with a foreword by Richard Panchyk, University of Massachusetts alumnus and author of twelve books, including A History of Westbury, Long Island.
ISBN: 9781596292956
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Images: 66
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.875 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Born in Boston in 1867, Frederick Hitchcock's career as a writer and publisher was just beginning when he wrote Handbook of Amherst in 1891. A graduate of Amherst College, Hitchcock would eventually move to New York City, where he published numerous genealogies and town histories. In 1901, he founded the Grafton Press. There he edited a book titled The Building of a Book: A Series of Practical Articles Written by Experts in the Various Departments of Book Making and Distributing (1906). Other books he published included Songs and Ballads of the Anthracite Miner: A Seam of Folklore Which Once Ran Through Life in the Hard Coal Fields of Pennsylvania by George Korson (1927). He died in 1928. Richard Panchyk holds a master's in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books for young adult readers, having written Engineering the City, Our Supreme Court, and several titles for the For Kids series, including Archaeology for Kids, World War II for Kids, Galileo for Kids, and Franklin D. Roosevelt for Kids. His first book for the History Press, A History of Westbury, Long Island, was released in 2007. Panchyk, whose works have been translated into Portugese, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, has also written numerous encyclopedia and journal articles.
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