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In her 1919 address to the Rochester Historical Association, H.E.B. Dow juxtaposes the city’s history of social tolerance and forward thinking with its religious conscience. This book is a must-read for those who wish to find out how anti-slavery, women’s suffrage, the temperance movement, the modern cult of spiritualists, anti-masonry, and even the raid on Harper’s Ferry had their beginnings in Rochester, NY.

Discover the names and influences of many prominent Rochesterians, most of whom now rest in the city’s famous Mount Hope Cemetery, who had a hand in shaping the nation’s nineteenth century politics and American industry—from the issuance of paper money by the federal government to the founding of Western Union, the Pacific Railroad, the mail order industry, the Republican Party, voting machines, and much more.

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Milne Library Publishing


Geneseo, NY


OCLC: 7091066

April 19, 2014

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Rochester, the City of Beginnings