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The Hudson River Valley Review Spring Issue Is Here!!


With Pete Seeger’s passing last year, the Hudson Valley—and the world—lost a musi­cal and environmental icon, as well as a strong moral compass. A fascinating essay in this issue of The Hudson River Valley Review illustrates how Pete kept fighting, in this case for songwriters’ royalties, to the very end of his life. Another article on a 1943 case involving anti-Semitism in Rockland County will acquaint readers with an equally dedicated but far less renowned civil libertarian, the lawyer Arthur Garfield Hays. Additional features cover Native and African Americans; the Dutch, Quakers, and Shakers; and two centuries of military history—making this an extremely full and historically kaleidoscopic issue.

You can preview the issue, read the contributors’ notes, Book Reviews, and New and Noteworthy Books online at:

 The Hudson River Valley Review is available at select booksellers and museum giftshops throughout the region for $15.00 each. Subscriptions are available through the website at:, or by calling 845-575-3052. A one-year subscription (two issues) is $20.00, save even more by subscribing for two years at $35.00.

The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is the center for the study and promotion of the Hudson River Valley, providing information about the region’s history, culture, economy, and environment, and educational resources to teachers, students, and others through, public programming, and The Hudson River Valley Review. This biannual journal covers all aspects of regional history. All articles in The Hudson River Valley Review undergo peer analysis.

Articles in the Spring  2015 issue:

The Limits of the Law: A 1943 Case of Anti-Semitism in the Lower Hudson River Valley, Richard F. Hamm

Rising Stars: The Cadet Years of the West Point Class of 1915, William P. Leeman

The Meeting of American, European, and Atlantic Worlds in the Seventeenth-Century Hudson River Valley, Jaap Jacobs and L.H. Roper

The Architecture of Quaker Meeting Houses in Dutchess County, Neil Larson

Notes and Documents

Substitutes, Servants, and Soldiers: African American Soldiers at New Windsor Cantonment, Matt Thorenz

Teaspoon Brigade: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and Intellectual Property Law,
Steven R. Garabedian

Regional History Forum:

The Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Ian Dorset


On the Cover:

 Jean Baptiste Antoine de Verger, 1781-1784. Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library

Jean-Baptiste Antoine de Verger (1762-1851) served in the American Revolutionary War as a member of the Expédition Particulière, commanded by General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau. While in America, de Verger kept a journal of his wartime experiences; here he depicts a black soldier of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, a New England militiaman, a frontier rifleman, and a French officer.

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