Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Upstate Writers: Philip A. Bean and Utica Politics
According to the Observer-Dispatch, in an editorial by Professor Eugene Nassar, Syracuse University Press has come out with a new and expanded edition of Philip A. Bean's original 2004 book, La Colonia, a study of Italian life and politics in Utica, which sold out. Syracuse Press was so impressed that it offered to publish a second edition on its own, entitled The Urban Colonists (456 pp with 60 pp of notes and bibliography and 84 illustrations).
"This volume will certainly be a definitive history of the Italian-Americans in Utica, especially the political history," says Prof. Nassar. "A very entertaining companion to this volume is the just published memoir by Rodger Potocki, From the Inside: 40 Years of Reflections on Government, Politics and Events in the Utica-Rome area."
The book cover, by Utica artist Robert Cimbalo, illustrates a political rally in the 30's and 40's at the corners of Mohawk, Bleecker and Albany Streets.
See link to O-D article below.