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Four Streets and a Square: A History of Manhattan and the New York Idea



by
Marc Aronson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763651374
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Infrequent Use , Language: Mild Language , Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context
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History High

From a Sibert Medalist comes the epic story of Manhattan—a magical, maddening island “for all” and a microcosm of America.

A veteran nonfiction storyteller dives deep into the four-hundred-year history of Manhattan to map the island’s unexpected intersections. Focusing on the evolution of four streets and a square (Wall Street, 42nd Street, West 4th Street, 125th Street, and Union Square) Marc Aronson explores how new ideas and forms of art evolved from social blending. Centuries of conflict—among original Americans and Europeans, slavers and the enslaved, rich and poor, immigrants and native-born—produced segregation, oppression, and violence, but also new ways of speaking, singing, and being American. From the Harlem Renaissance to Hammerstein, from gay pride in the Village to political clashes at Tammany Hall, this clear-eyed pageant of the island’s joys and struggles—enhanced with photos and drawings, multimedia links to music and film, and an extensive bibliography and source notes—is, above all, a love song to Manhattan’s triumphs.

Terminology. Author’s note. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs, maps, and historical illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Infrequent Use , Language: Mild Language , Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

440

Trim Size

9"x 7"

Dewey

974.7

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres


Topics

History of Manhattan. New York City. US colonial and revolutionary periods. Infrastructure. Urban planning. Architecture. Art. Culture. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-A well-organized and impeccably researched nonfiction book about the history of New York City from the 1600s to present. From Alexander Hamilton to 42nd Street, from the Lenape to the immigrant communities that made the city what it is, famous people, places, and events abound in this encapsulation of the city. More than just a geographical location, this is an exploration of the culture, people, and events that make New York City a fascinating and iconic place. Aronson's text is interspersed with photos, illustrations, and multimedia links to his website that give readers an immersive and thorough experience. The author includes a bibliography, a description on how the book is organized, a section on the terminology that is used, why he used specific terms, and detailed source notes that are helpfully limned by chapter. While the book may be lengthy for some middle school students, it will keep readers' attention with its cohesiveness and strong voice. A great choice for research or for those who can't get enough of the Big Apple. VERDICT A must-have for middle and high school libraries.-April Crowder

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-A well-organized and impeccably researched nonfiction book about the history of New York City from the 1600s to present. From Alexander Hamilton to 42nd Street, from the Lenape to the immigrant communities that made the city what it is, famous people, places, and events abound in this encapsulation of the city. More than just a geographical location, this is an exploration of the culture, people, and events that make New York City a fascinating and iconic place. Aronson's text is interspersed with photos, illustrations, and multimedia links to his website that give readers an immersive and thorough experience. The author includes a bibliography, a description on how the book is organized, a section on the terminology that is used, why he used specific terms, and detailed source notes that are helpfully limned by chapter. While the book may be lengthy for some middle school students, it will keep readers' attention with its cohesiveness and strong voice. A great choice for research or for those who can't get enough of the Big Apple. VERDICT A must-have for middle and high school libraries.-April Crowder

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