Death of An Empire

Death of An Empire

The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312540388
0312540388
Branch Call Number: 974.45/BOOTH
Characteristics: xvi, 330 p. : ill., ports., geneal. talbes. ; 24 cm.

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