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Urban Growth in Colonial Rhode Island

Newport and Providence in the Eighteenth Century
Withey, Lynne (Book - 1984)
Urban Growth in Colonial Rhode Island
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By the early decades of the eighteenth century, Rhode Island had developed a commercial economy with not one, but two centers. Urban Growth in Colonial Rhode Island is the tale of these two cities: Newport, fifth largest city in the colonies, and the much smaller Providence. This absorbing history of two interdependent cities in a restricted region shows how they developed, competed with each other, and eventually traded places as major and secondary economic centers within the region. The book has drawn upon the substantial body of local and regional history of colonial America. Unlike other studies, which concentrate on the social structure and family life of rural communities, Urban Growth in Colonial Rhode Island explores the relationship between economic development and social structure in an urban setting. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of the Revolution on the two cities, and the ways in which the war, combined with general economic trends, transformed Providence into Rhode Island's major city.
Authors: Withey, Lynne
Title: Urban growth in colonial Rhode Island
Newport and Providence in the eighteenth century
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c1984
Characteristics: xiv, 183 p. ; 24 cm
Notes: Includes index
ISBN: 0873957520
0873957512
Branch Call Number: HT123.5.R4 W55 1984
Statement of Responsibility: Lynne Withey
Bibliography: Bibliography: p. 165-175
Subject Headings: Providence (R.I.) Social conditions Newport (R.I.) Social conditions Providence (R.I.) Economic conditions Newport (R.I.) Economic conditions Rhode Island History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Urbanization Rhode Island History
Topical Term: Urbanization
LCCN: 83000438
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