New Book On Western New York History Published

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A Thread in the FabricJacob Ludes, III, a western New York native and educator has published what he calls “a micro-history of America,” A Thread in the Fabric: The Chautauqua-Erie Region (Self Published, 2017).

The volume recounts American history from first people to 1865 through the lens of the Chautauqua-Erie Region of Western New York State.

Ludes examines the First Peoples and Native history of Western New York; the conflict of French, British, and colonial interests in the region; the American War for Independence; the Chautauqua-Erie Region as a frontier; the War of 1812; the impact of the Erie Canal; conflict during the Age of Jackson; the area’s growth, change, reform, and religion; and the Civil War.

Ludes began his career in education teaching at Westfield Academy. He also taught at Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia. Ludes moved to New England in 1978 and after a career as a high school principal and superintendent of schools he spent twelve years as the President/CEO of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Ludes previously published articles on New York State history in the print journal New York History, Social Science Record, and Triangle Magazine. He has frequently addressed the Conference on New York State History, and the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State.

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