By Charles Margerison

ISBN-10: 1921629401

ISBN-13: 9781921629402

As you stroll round manhattan urban, you're touring within the footsteps of wonderful humans together with George Washington, Mark Twain, Sojourner fact, Irving Berlin, John D. Rockefeller, and Susan B. Anthony. of their alternative ways, they made significant contributions to big apple, making town what it's today.A urban journey in contrast to the other, striking humans of latest York takes you on a desirable trip throughout the background of 1 of the world's such a lot visited towns. you'll meet those that contributed to the song, the enterprise, the struggle for civil rights, the delivery and different very important facets of the city's lifestyles. Come nose to nose with iconic figures linked to what John Fitzgerald known as "The ny" via BioViews®. A BioView® is a brief biographical tale, just like an interview. those particular tales supply a good way of studying approximately striking those that made significant contributions and adjusted our global.

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Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 41 Amazing People of New York Patrick Hanlon 1855 Wave after wave of immigrants arrived in New York Including me and my family from Ireland The potato famine forced us and others to leave Some left it too late and died With no possessions, we had set off for an unknown land After weeks on a boat, we were pleased to see dry land However, we wondered what lay before us We found New York City in shock and rebuilding The 1837 banking crisis had created unemployment We wondered if we had made the right decision Friends took us in and helped us get started During the 1840s, things began to improve It was possible to get work, but at low rates of pay Messages from Britain and mainland Europe told of innovations Steam engines, gas lights, telegraph machines Wonders of the age - they soon came to our new homeland The launch of The New York Times in 1851 spread the word Sadly, I could not read it, but I resolved to learn Night school classes for immigrants were helpful Learning how to read and write opened other opportunities In the process, I made new friends who were also learning All around the city, building projects were starting Large sums were raised and invested in grand projects For example, The Hudson River Railroad opened in 1851 New York became a distribution center and jobs were created Established people had money to spend But the immigrants were mainly poor people Families lived in crowded run-down blocks Most of my friends did not have skills to work in the city Back home, they had worked on farms To survive, everyone had to learn quickly Factories developed in back streets Gas lights made it possible to work at night The age of steam changed production methods © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 42 Amazing People of New York Great engines provided energy The buildings were growing taller Yet, the working conditions were poor There was little protection for the workers I therefore joined a union group to press for change One of the first priorities was to help new immigrants A new reception facility, for people arriving by sea, opened Castle Garden was a pleasant name for the first point of call The Immigrant Landing Station for New York Here, the realities set in for newcomers They were joining over 1,500,000 people All competing for space and jobs It was hard work, as the streets were not paved with gold.

Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 47 Amazing People of New York Clemence Sophia Lozier 1875 After much effort, I qualified as a doctor in 1853 Yet the male-dominated profession was hostile Also, patients were suspicious Could a woman be as good a doctor as a man? From my own home in New York, I gave talks to women Anatomy, physiology, hygiene and other women’s issues Gradually, the numbers attending increased Elizabeth Blackwell was also spreading the word She was the first woman to qualify as a doctor in the USA In 1857, she opened the first hospital for women The New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children Great work, despite the opposition I realized that political action was necessary to progress On April 14th 1863, a special Act of Legislature was passed It established a new hospital The New York Medical College and Hospital for Women It opened, on November 1st, with four women and four male doctors The struggle to achieve this had been long and bitter The address was 724 Broadway By 1868, a property on Second Avenue and Eighth Street was opened As the President of the College, it was a proud day for me I established a clinic related to Diseases of Women and Children There was a lot to do New York had grown at a rapid rate There were not enough doctors to cope The slum areas were of major concern Dangerous diseases could spread quickly Sanitation standards needed improving We helped over 100 women graduate as doctors New Yorkers began to realize the value of our work Their needs grew more quickly than we could train people Also, further work led to a new organization The Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital for Women A grand title for an organization to help save people’s lives © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 48 Amazing People of New York Yet, I could not save my own children To my great grief, six of them died during infancy Only one son survived and he became a doctor I had helped save the lives of many New Yorkers Plus trained many doctors I prayed that others would follow and improve the health of all.

Domestic Manners of Americans 1832 Walt Whitman “Silence? What can New York - noisy, roaring, rumbling, tumbling, bustling, story, turbulent New York-have to do with silence? ” Letter, 1898 Helen Keller “Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. ” Midstream: My Later Life 1929 © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 27 Amazing People of New York George Clinton 1795 I had seen our ‘Tree of Liberty’ cut down by British soldiers It was an insult of the highest order As members of the Sons of Liberty, we made an angry protest Nearly 3000 citizens met in City Hall Park We put up a ‘Pole of Liberty’ Elsewhere, stronger action had been taken It was an important event in our revolution It rallied people to the cause New Yorkers wanted action and action they took On July 9th 1776, the Province of New York ceased to exist With it went the British Governor, the taxes, the laws and Courts We had a new organization to represent us The Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York On July 11th 1776, the Constitution of New York was established The following year, it became our law-making framework We back-dated the birth of New York State to April 20th 1775 The battle that followed meant that we had to vacate the city However, we continued on, across the East River I would rather ‘roast in hell than be dependent on Great Britain’ In 1778, I was elected the first Governor of New York Pleased to say I was no relation to the last British Governor He had departed in 1753 Rallying the troops and the people, I was re-elected five times As Governor from 1778 to 1795, it was a tough job There were many battles fought against the British army Good men were killed on both sides Our march towards freedom continued On February 3rd 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed The American War of Independence had been won New York City was declared the nation’s capital in 1785 Interestingly, that was decided before New York joined the Union In 1788, we were the 11th State to do so Increasingly, our city was a focus for power politics It replaced London as our center of power © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 28 Amazing People of New York In 1789, George Washington came to the Federal Hall on Wall Street He emerged as the first President of our new country 13 years after reading the Declaration of Independence to his troops He will now lead our nation.

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