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HWS Professor Goes Underground—Again

Clifton Hood sees his book on the NYC subway system reissued to coincide with the railway's centennial

(Aug. 16, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–“New York City's subway is magical,” writes Hobart and William Smith history Professor Clifton Hood in the introduction to “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York.” Even after a decade and a half of research that led to his book, published in 1993, the subway's “attraction has never diminished.”

Apparently the editors at Johns Hopkins University Press feel the same way. The publisher is reissuing Hood's work to dovetail with the 100th anniversary of the transportation system's opening. The new edition is expected to be in bookstores beginning Aug. 30.

“I'm delighted that readers have responded to my book,” said Hood. “With the centennial edition, new audiences will be able too learn about New York City's history and think about mass transit's place in American cities today.”

Hood also plans to commemorate the anniversary by conducting a tour of the subway for HWS alumnae and alumni in late September.

Winner of a New York State Historical Association award, “722 Miles” traces this engineering marvel from conception to reality. The book is a study of urban development, chronicling the impact underground travel has had on the political, social and economic climate of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs.

Since joining the Colleges' faculty in 1992, Hood also has published extensively in academic journals on the social and cultural history of New York City. Currently, he is working on a second book, “Making and Unmaking New York: The Rise and Fall of the City's Economic Elites, 1754 to the Present,” and a historical atlas of the city with noted urban commentator and Columbia University Professor Kenneth T. Jackson.

Hood received his bachelor's degree from Washington University and his master's and Ph.D. from Columbia. A former Fulbright Scholar, he serves on the board of the New York Council for the Humanities and the editorial board of the New-York Journal of American History.

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