Inventing New England

Inventing New England

By Dona Brown; D. Brown; Dana Brown
(Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781560987994, 254pp.)

Publication Date: November 1997

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Quaint, charming, nostalgic New England: rustic fishing villages, romantic seaside cottages, breathtaking mountain vistas, peaceful rural settings. In Inventing New England, Dona Brown traces the creation of these calendar-page images and describes how tourism as a business emerged and came to shape the landscape, economy, and culture of a region.

By the latter nineteenth century, Brown argues, tourism had become an integral part of New England's rural economy, and the short vacation a fixture of middle-class life. Focusing on such meccas as the White Mountains, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, coastal Maine, and Vermont, Brown describes how failed port cities, abandoned farms, and even scenery were churned through powerful marketing engines promoting nostalgia. She also examines the irony of an industry that was based on an escape from commerce but served as an engine of industrial development, spawning hotel construction, land speculation, the spread of wage labor, and a vast market for guidebooks and other publications.




About the Author


Darren Brown was born and raised in the heart of Kansas City, MO, in an impoverished and dangerous upbringing, abandoned by his mother at 6 years old and rescued by his grandmother. Living an unsupervised life, caught in poverty's grip, Darren knew that life had more to offer than struggle, which led him to the streets of Kansas City at 11 years old, drawn to the hustle and affluence of the drug game as early as the sixth grade. After graduating from high school and marrying his high school sweetheart, risking his family and his life, he became engrossed in the fast life of drugs, violence, and riotousness that abruptly ended in arrest, regret, and 16 years of imprisonment to pay for. Through Darren's life changing experience it is his heart, mandated by God, to save a posterity alive here on this earth! Darren's notoriety is most attributed to his new best-selling biography BUG "Straight Talk," a raw 16 year journey through some of the worst penitentiary's in America, and the woman who waited. Darren is the president and founder of Wisdom Cries LLC, a non-profit organization that endeavors to impact the community through education, awareness, and pure wisdom. Darren's passion is reaching out to our children and young people through partnerships such as the Kansas City Missouri school district, the KCMO prosecutor's office as a mentor to at risk youth, Kansas City's No Violence Alliance (KC NOVA), and many more. As a specialist in prison prevention and intervention, Darren Brown is open to speaking engagements, counseling, and interviews, including schools, men's conferences, and community organizations.

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