The Delaware Valley in the Early Republic : Architecture, Landscape, and Regional Identity (Creating the North American Landscape)
Gabrielle M. LanierISBN: 0801879663; 9780801879661;
Book Description "History, after all, has a corporeal aspect--every event occupies a physical dimension, and all actions are ultimately grounded, one way or another, in the landscape. Places, which possess their own geography, natural history, and embedded perceptions, not only ground the physicality of historical events -- they also can constitute both actor and stage." -- from The Delaware Valley in the Early Republic . The Delaware Valley's role in shaping national identity during the formative years of the early American republic has long been overshadowed by New England and the South, both more readily identified as distinct and coherent regions than the broad geographic swath that includes Delaware, southwestern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania. For architectural historians, geographers, and folklorists, the Delaware River valley offers a fascinating example of a true cultural crossroads. Comprising several distinctive and intensely local subregions -- each...