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America’s First Frontier: New York’s Pioneers and Their Fight for Freedom (2020 Reprint by HVA Press) recalls settlers in Upstate New York who sometimes faced hunger and disease, in addition to their ongoing conflicts with resident Native Americans, the French and later British loyalists. Author Francis Whiting Halsey was born in Unadilla, New York in 1851 and graduated Cornell University in 1873. He as an editor at the Binghamton Times (1873–1875) and New York Tribune (1875–1880).
In 1880 he moved to the The New York Times here he was foreign editor and wrote book reviews eventually becoming the literary editor of the Times the Times Saturday Review of Books and Art editor. In 1902, he became a literary advisor to D. Appleton & Company and later at Funk and Wagnalls, here he worked at the time of his death.
Halsey’s Two Months Abroad was a collection of his reporting on the Paris World’s Fair (1878). Charles Scribner & Sons published America’s First Frontier as The Old New York Frontier: Its Wars with Indians and Tories, its Missionary Schools, Pioneers and Land Titles, 1614 – 1800 in 1901.
Halsey also wrote The Pioneers of Unadilla Village, 1784-1840 (1902), along with literary criticism (Our Literary Deluge And Some of Its Deeper Waters, 1902) and genealogy. His most important work is considered the ten-volume Literary Digest History of the World War, written at the end of his life. He died in 1919.
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