Death of an empire :the rise and murderous fall of Salem, America's richest city /Robert Booth.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-253145

Description

xvi, 330 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm., Most readers know Salem only for the city's notorious witch trials. But years later it became a very different city, one that produced America's first millionaire (still one of history's 75 wealthiest men) and boasted a maritime trade that made it the country's richest city. Westward expansion and the industrial revolution would eventually erode Salem's political importance, but it was a shocking murder and the scandal that followed which led at last to its fall from national prominence. This book is the tale of a little-known but remarkably rich era of American history, drawing in characters such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Quincy Adams, and Daniel Webster.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Murder
Trials (Murder)
History 19th century.
Economic conditions 19th century.

Originator

Booth, Robert.

Contents

Masters of the Universe. At war ; The lost prince ; White heat ; Panic ; Lost at sea ; The prophet -- Visions & Delusions. White hope ; Celebrations ; Jubilee ; Dreams of new bliss ; Twilight -- Into the Darkness. Nightfall ; The Salem murder ; Confession ; Imps of hell & devils roam ; Death after death ; Conflagration -- Blown Away. The magnate ; The mirage.

Publication

New York : Thomas Dunne Books

Description

xvi, 330 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Most readers know Salem only for the city's notorious witch trials. But years later it became a very different city, one that produced America's first millionaire (still one of history's 75 wealthiest men) and boasted a maritime trade that made it the country's richest city. Westward expansion and the industrial revolution would eventually erode Salem's political importance, but it was a shocking murder and the scandal that followed which led at last to its fall from national prominence. This book is the tale of a little-known but remarkably rich era of American history, drawing in characters such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Quincy Adams, and Daniel Webster.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.
Complimentary copy, 2011.

ISBN

9780312540388
0312540388

Call Number

Stacks F74.S1 B66 2011

Material Type

Biography.

Places

Massachusetts Salem.
Salem (Mass.)

Edition

1st ed.