Death of An Empire
The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest CityBook - 2011
Most readers know Salem only for the city's notorious witch trials. But years later it became a very different city, one that produced America's first millionaire (still one of history's 75 wealthiest men) and boasted a maritime trade that made it the country's richest city. Westward expansion and the industrial revolution would eventually erode Salem's political importance, but it was a shocking murder and the scandal that followed which led at last to its fall from national prominence. This book is the tale of a little-known but remarkably rich era of American history, drawing in characters such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Quincy Adams, and Daniel Webster.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: History 974.45 Boo
Alternative Title: The rise and murderous fall of Salem, America's richest city