The story of the history and culture of a people is often told through regional literature. Anthology of Western Reserve Literature, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ohio Historical Society through the American Association of State and Local History, broadly represents the variety of literary genres and ethnic and economic pluralism of northeast Ohio over a 180-year period. The first collection of its kind devoted solely to Ohio literature; it supports pride in place and the importance of regionalism in defining American culture. The selections include works written by people who were born or lived in the Western Reserve, whose writings reflect an interest in the region, or who portray a particular aspect of the area, such as landscape, demography, or historic events. James Garfield, William Dean Howells, Clarence Darrow, Langston Hughes, Kenneth Patchen, Sherwood Anderson, Hart Crane, Herbert Gold, d.a. levy, and Rita Dove are among those represented here. The work is organized by century to give a sense of the literature that was typical for both the region and the time. The 19th-century selections include letters, diaries and journals, fiction, and poetry, while those from the 20th century focus on memoirs and autobiographies in addition to fiction and poetry, much of which reflects the growth and dominance of Cleveland. Historians of Ohio and the Western Reserve will find this collection valuable, as will scholars of American Studies and 19th- and 20th-century American literature, particularly specialists in regional literature. Ohioana enthusiasts will also consider this anthology essential reading.
This is the biography of one of Cleveland's leading philanthropists. born entrepreneur Amasa Stone and his wife, Julia. Stone, who settled on Cleveland's Euclid Avenue, earned his fortune in railroads and bridge building, and was president and director of numerous railroads and other industrial and financial corporations. In 1881 Flora wed her neighbor, Samuel Mather, a marriage that united two of Cleveland's - and the nation's - wealthiest and most influential families. The couple, recognized as a true love match, not simply a marriage of convenience, had four children. philanthropic responsibilities and undertook charitable endeavors of her own. She was at the center of many charities and organizations that addressed the physical, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual needs of Clevelanders, especially the poor, women, and children. Credited with establishing the Goodrich House settlement, she also supported the Children's Aid Society and gave generously to promote women's education at Western Reserve University. as well as her money - and never sought credit for her many contributions. Flora Stone Mather died from breast cancer in 1909. The region and city still benefit from her generosity, compassion, and foresight. be important reading for students of women's studies and the history of philanthropy as well as those interested in Ohio's Western Reserve and its people.
This volume collects essays and documents from a wide selection of sources--many now out of print and difficult to locate--to provide a highly readable story of the settlement and development of the "New Connecticut" region of Ohio. Four divisions in the book logically organize the social, economic, and political study of the region: "Conquest and Settlement: Native Americans to New Englanders"; "The Pioneers: Town Building, Society, and the Emergence of an Economy"; "The Transition Years; Slavery, the Civil War, and the Reserve in National Politics, 1850-1880"; and "A Changing Legacy: Industrialism, Ethnicity, and the Age of Reform." The volume ends in 1920, when the unique features of the Western Reserve of Ohio--the architecture, the landmarks, the New England lifestyle--had largely faded into American history as a result of industrialism, urbanism, and the pressure of a changing ethnic base.