Historians Published a Book about Slavery in New York’s Hudson Valley

New York's Hudson Valley
September 26, 2016

Two historians have published a book that examines slavery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Susan Stessin-Cohn, of New Paltz, and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini, of Salisbury Mills, spent years researching the topic for “In Defiance,” recently published by Albany-based Black Dome Press. Their book contains more than 550 newspaper notices published between 1735 and 1831, four years after slavery was abolished in New York state. Most of the notices were published in…


NY teacher’s Effort to Reunite Jewish Survivors of Nazi concentration camp train with the U.S. soldiers

concentration camp train with the U.S. soldiers
September 22, 2016

“A Train Near Magdeburg” compiles years of research and interviews by Matthew Rozell, a history teacher at Hudson Falls High School. A student project he started years ago led him to the story of American soldiers who liberated 2,500 starving Jewish prisoners from a German train in April 1945. Nine years ago this month, one of those soldiers and three of the survivors held a reunion in Rozell’s classroom. Since…