Cities in the Wilderness: The First Century of Urban Life in America, 1625-1742

Cities in the Wilderness: The First Century of Urban Life in America, 1625-1742

Cities in the Wilderness: The First Century of Urban Life in America, 1625-1742

Cities in the Wilderness: The First Century of Urban Life in America, 1625-1742

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Cities in the Wilderness has been out of print for several years, and it now seems appropriate to reissue it in conjunction with Cities in Revolt: Urban Life in America, 1743-1776, which continues the history of colonial cities to the outbreak of the American Revolution. Errors that have been called to my attention have, for the most part, been corrected in the text; and I hope that I have caught them all. Mr. Lawrence C. Wroth has pointed out that the broadside opposing markets at Boston (page 194), of which I said no copy exists, can be found in the John Carter Brown Library at Providence. The statement on page 441 that there was a Jockey Club at Charles Town in 1735 turns out to be an error, though the York Race Course was laid out at that date; there was no jockey club until 1754. It is to me a matter both of satisfaction and of gratitude that Mr. Alfred A. Knopf has so generously undertaken to bring out my book under the distinguished imprint of his house.

C. B.

Berkeley
November 15, 1954
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