A Picture History of New Bedford Volume Two - 1925~1980

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It s the 1920s the First World War is over, and the people of New Bedford, Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, enjoy high spirits and great prosperity. Familiar faces, young and old, look to a promising future in this great industrial city with a glorified maritime past. But trouble looms, and the next decades will require strength and determination. A troubled textile industry, the Great Depression, a challenged school system, hurricanes, wartime and a post-war economic decline how will the city survive the tides of change? Resilient residents will take strength and encouragement from friends and community, finding laughter and escape through music, theater, radio, sports and other forms of entertainment. Everyday heroes will emerge. The city will reinvent itself and forge on. Fast forward to the 1960s. Following another post-war boom, new industries come to town, the hurricane barrier goes up and the fishing fleet brings promise and growth. But urban renewal tears at the heart of downtown and wipes out many old neighborhoods. The Vietnam War and the city s race riots bring turmoil and upheaval. Still, a new generation again brings hope and change. In A Picture History of New Bedford, Volume Two: 1925 1980, the second installment of a three-volume set, hundreds of photographs and stories bring the city to life in an enthralling journey through the core of the 20th century. Ride the last trolley, sip an ice cream float at a bygone soda fountain, take a turn on the ballroom dance floor. Celebrate New Bedford s music from the big band sounds to folk, fado, jazz and rock and roll. Explore the evolution of the city s diverse mix of cultures and see New Bedford s fishing industry grow from a small fledgling fleet of draggers to what today is the country s number one fishing port. Experience the people, places, and events that have shaped New Bedford, one of New England s most historically significant cities. This 384-page history is designed in large format (9 x 11 ), and is available in both hard and soft cover. The cloth edition is signed and numbered (one to 1,000), smythe sewn, and covered with a heavy dust jacket. The soft cover is also smythe sewn, making it durable for educational use or as a personal keepsake.

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Joseph D. Thomas Joseph Thomas co-founded Spinner Publications in 1980. Since that time he has served as Publisher and Executive Director of the organization, overseeing production of more than 50 books and numerous works that document the history and culture of southeastern Massachusetts. He has served as co-author and editor of 37 books, and as art editor and designer of nearly all books and calendars. Joe’s responsibilities include content editing, photography, art selection, layout, design and typography. A native of New Bedford and lifelong resident, he is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. In 1997, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded him the Commonwealth Award— the state’s highest cultural achievement award—in the humanities category “for dedication to excellence in illuminating and celebrating the heritage of Southeastern Massachusetts through a series of high-quality books and publications.” Alfred H. Saulniers Acushnet-born Alfred Saulniers has more than 35 years’ experience in analyzing, teaching about and solving economic development problems. He has worked in more than 10 African and Latin American countries with government officials and academics. In his field, he has authored, edited or compiled nine books and monographs plus 40 articles, book chapters and working papers. He has a secondary interest in Moroccan carpets and textiles about which he has written a book and five articles and curated an exhibit for the American Conference on Oriental Rugs.Al received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an A.B. in Mathematics from Boston College. With Spinner Publications, Al has done archival and field research about New Bedford’s French for the forthcoming book, French New Bedford: An American Story.Natalie A.White A journalist for more than a dozen years with the Standard-Times, Natalie White has contributed to several past Spinner projects. During her time as a city reporter, she wrote about the city’s waterfront and fishing industry, health issues and the environment. Her work has won several awards from the New England Press Association. Natalie now works as a freelance writer and editor, and her articles have been published in various publications including the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant, Cape Cod Magazine, and Lawyers Weekly USA. Natalie also teaches creative writing at local schools. She is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she studied political science and Russian civilization. Natalie grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and lives here with her husband and three children.Marsha L. McCabe Marsha McCabe has written, edited and contributed to over 20 books and publications in her 25 years at Spinner. Her novella, “The Woman Behind the Counter,” is featured in Spinner, Volume 4. She is the author of Not Just Anywhere (Spinner 1994), and an editor of Branded on My Arm and in My Soul: The Holocaust Memoir of Abraham Landau (Spinner, 2011). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, she also studied English literature at the University of Bristol, England. As a long-time columnist at the Standard-Times, she twice won national awards from the National society of Newspaper Columnists. Marsha has conducted hundreds of interviews—oral histories of older people, working people and immigrants which have found their way into a multitude of Spinner books.Jay Avila Jay is in charge of Spinner’s photographic archives—processing images, managing the database, archiving original and electronic media, and making the collection available to the public. Jay also designs nearly all Spinner covers and assists in layout production of all publications. Jay began at Spinner while still a sophomore in high school and quickly learned the art of electronic imaging and graphic design. An Honor graduate from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Jay also networks with outside cultural organizations.

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