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xv, 226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood is a collection of colorful historical vignettes of an ethnically diverse neighborhood just west of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. The reporter Susan Campbell tells the true stories of Frog Hollow, with a primary focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, recounting anecdotes about the neighborhood's inventors, entrepreneurs, and workers, as well as the impact of African American migration to Hartford, the civil rights movement, and the continuing fight for housing. From European colonists to Irish and Haitian immigrants to residents from Puerto Rico, the denizens of Frog Hollow reflect the multiple realities that make up a dynamic urban neighborhood. At the same time, their stories reveal the changing face of American cities."--From dust jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -214) and index.
The difficult dream: the Babcocks dig a well and launch a newspaper -- An opportunity for each: Colonel Pope comes to town and helps build an industrial powerhouse -- A dream of social order: the government segregates a neighborhood -- The fullest stature: original residents are pushed out, the neighborhood gets a reputation-and everyone is baseball crazy -- To be recognized: the children of Frog Hollow find champions, and the Newsies fight back -- Each man and woman: the Reverend Pennington is free -- Growing weary and mistrustful: the neighborhood gets an orphanage -- They are innately capable: Dominick Burns opens a bank, and Maria Sañchez shepherds a political force -- Regardless of fortuitous circumstances: the ghosts that walk Frog Hollow's Streets, and where they're heading.
9780819576200 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
0819576204 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)