Alumnus Searls’s book available – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Alumnus Searls’s book available

Copies of “Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910,” by Paul M. Searls ’89, are now available at The College Store.

The book offers “a piercing new look at nineteenth-century Vermont politics and society, and the evolution of a people,” and establishes that the state's fascination with tourism as a savior for a suffering economy is more than a century old, and that this interest in tourism has always been dogged by controversy.

Searls divides nineteenth-century Vermonters into conceptually “uphill,” or rural/parochial; and “downhill,” or urban/cosmopolitan, elements. These two groups, he says, negotiated modernity in distinct and contrary ways.