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Letters to the Editor: Two Hundred Years in the Life of an American Town

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The voices of America's past and present live on in this timeless portrayal of small-town America, which, through two hundred years of letters to one town's newspapers, evokes the most memorable moments in our history and the passions they engendered. andlt;BRandgt; Since the days of the Founding Fathers, the citizens of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, have recorded their impressions of such dramatic events of national significance as the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the rise of Andrew Carnegie, the assassinations of President John F. and Senator Robert Kennedy, and the Clarence Thomas hearings — as well as their opinions on genuinely local concerns like building good schools and roads, seeing the sights at the Bloomsburg Fair, romantic intrigue in a trailer park, and finding a home for a lonely puppy. andlt;BRandgt; By turns hilarious and contemplative, here is a book so genuinely representative of the American experience that each page will bring memories of home and family, friends and neighbors, and our own hometowns sharply — and honestly — into focus. Beneath it all, andlt;Iandgt;Letters to the Editorandlt;/Iandgt; is about how a community negotiates with itself, how it talks and how it listens.

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Two hundred years worth of letters to one town's newspapers represent the most memorable moments in American history and the passions they engendered, in this "living love letter to the spirit of a community" ("Times Leader", Wilkes-Barre, PA.) 100 photos.

Synopsis:

"It doesn't matter where you live...Letters to the Editor is a rich portrait of your neighbors and your town, a living love letter to the spirit of community". — Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on the stage version of Letters to the Editor

The voices of citizens you won't meet in any history textbook here ring true as they summon forth, through 200 years of letters to one town's newspapers, the most memorable moments in American history and the passions they engendered — on every issue from people in politics, adultery and teen pregnancy, kids and pets, even the age-old battle of the sexes. By turns hilarious and contemplative, here is a book so charmingly nostalgic that it will effortlessly evoke in readers fond memories of home and family, friends and neighbors, their hometowns.

Letters to the Editor, like its beloved theatrical cousin, Our Town, is both specific and universal. Bloomsburg is the "spokestown" for the American experience. Read it, and let America give you a piece of its mind.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Gerard Stropnicky, Tom Byrn, James Goode,andlt;/Bandgt; and andlt;Bandgt;Jerry Mathenyandlt;/Bandgt; are members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, whose stage version of andlt;Iandgt;Letters to the Editorandlt;/Iandgt; provided the impetus for this book. They live and work in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword by Gerard Stropnicky

Prologue

1. This Gentle Hint

2. New Nation/New Ideas: 1790-1810

3. Kids and Dogs

4. Setting the Record Straight

5. Flights and Fancy: The 1840s

6. "30 Seconds"

7. Women and Men: Courtship

8. Thanks to the Fair

9. Crime Log

10. Women and Men: Marriage

11. "30 Seconds": Trailer Court

12. The Breaking of the Bounds: 1861-1865

13. Thy Sons and Thy Daughters

14. "30 Seconds": Karaoke

15. Last Act/Last Hope

16. John Q. Timbrell

17. Boss K

18. Happy Holidays

19. Gumption

20. The Constant Tramp of Progress: 1890-1900

21. Citizen Abroad

22. God's Housecleaning

23. The President Is...

24. A Silent Message

25. Standards of Behavior: The 1920s

26. A Town Tour: The 1930s

27. The Out-of-Towner vs. the Farmer

28. The Old Job

29. Women and Men: Sex in Society

30. The Game

31. Happy Days: The 1950s

32. Lost and Found

33. The Fatal Death

34. "30 Seconds": Utterly Fed Up

35. 1970

36. One Million Years Behind

37. Catawissa Galileo

38. Earth Day

39. Mother Nature

40. Faith

41. Human Nature

42. No Harm Is Meant

43. Your Next-Door Neighbor

44. "30 More Seconds"

45. The ABCs

46. Parting Thoughts

Epilogue

Afterword: Letters to the Editor as Theatre of Place by Todd London

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684848532
Editor:
Stropnicky, Gerard
Editor:
Byrn, Tom
Editor:
Stropnicky, Gerard
Editor:
Byrn, Tom
Editor:
Matheny, Jerry
Author:
Matheny, Jerry
Author:
Byrn, Tom
Author:
Goode, James
Author:
Stropnicky, Gerard
Editor:
Matheny, Jerry
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Newspapers
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Sections, columns, etc.
Subject:
Letters to the editor -- Pennsylvania -- Bloomsburg.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Bloomsburg (Pa.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Bloomsburg (Pa.) History.
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 b/w photos t/o
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.38 in 16.765 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Two hundred years worth of letters to one town's newspapers represent the most memorable moments in American history and the passions they engendered, in this "living love letter to the spirit of a community" ("Times Leader", Wilkes-Barre, PA.) 100 photos.
"Synopsis" by , "It doesn't matter where you live...Letters to the Editor is a rich portrait of your neighbors and your town, a living love letter to the spirit of community". — Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on the stage version of Letters to the Editor

The voices of citizens you won't meet in any history textbook here ring true as they summon forth, through 200 years of letters to one town's newspapers, the most memorable moments in American history and the passions they engendered — on every issue from people in politics, adultery and teen pregnancy, kids and pets, even the age-old battle of the sexes. By turns hilarious and contemplative, here is a book so charmingly nostalgic that it will effortlessly evoke in readers fond memories of home and family, friends and neighbors, their hometowns.

Letters to the Editor, like its beloved theatrical cousin, Our Town, is both specific and universal. Bloomsburg is the "spokestown" for the American experience. Read it, and let America give you a piece of its mind.

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