When Vinegar hill moved into the nineteenth century, people like Joshua Sands , a speculator and merchant, bought up land and started creating businesses. He imported machines from England and he also brought workers from there. Joshua Sands opened the rope walk industry on the waterfront. In 1801 the U.S. Navy Yard opened their first yard by Wallabout Bay, which became very active in the war of 1812. The first steam ferry came in on 1814 and was traveling from Vinegar Hill to Manhattan and that lasted for a long time, even though they had contradictions here and there. The Village of Brooklyn turned into the Town of Brooklyn in 1816 and it had grown in terms of housing and people. In 1827 different versions of the Hooker’s map came out. Brooklyn had a considerable growth of population during 1830-1840 when the lower Manhattan by the ferry stop became mostly commercial, so people were considering the other stop of the ferry in Vinegar Hill as a short commute. In 1834 Brooklyn changed its status again from Town of Brooklyn to the City of Brooklyn.
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Vinegar Hill Site Report 3
Brooklyn Historical Society
05. Using RECAP to evaluate the reading – Eamon Loingsigh The Power of Family Lore: Uncovering Brooklyn’s “Auld Irishtown”
The things that Eamon talks about in this article are relevant to my topic since he is giving information about Irishtown that later on became Vinegar Hill. This source helps on the research of my assignment but doesn’t fill all my needs. The author and the publisher are trusted sources. The author is a dedicated writer and researcher of this neighborhood.
Eamon comes from the Loingsigh family that has witnessed the history of this neighborhood, the changes area’s names, and the tough times that Americans gave to Irish. The currency of the source information is pretty reliable even though it was published nowadays, the content of it was taken by trusted sources like history books and family personal experiences.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle website is up-to-date source since it is dedicated to write the Brooklyn’s history and everything else that has to do with this borough from 1841. Eamon comes from an Irish emigrant family that moved to Irishtown, Brooklyn, New York in 19th century. His parents and grandparents told him stories about Irishtown, he read books about it and did research online. I looked up some of his sources like the book Gotham and I did verify them.
In that part of Brooklyn were known the neighborhoods like Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Navy Yard, but Irishtown wasn’t recognized as an actual place in official records. This made the author to write about it. Creating this source came down to his family, they told him stories about Irishtown. Nobody knew much about it at that time since the computers and internet didn’t exist, so it wasn’t easy to look things up.
04. The First Visit in Vinegar: Site Report #1
Library/Archive Report 1
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My Reflection on the Loingsigh Reading
Application of the RECAP criteria to the Loingsigh reading:
Mr. Eamon Loingsigh’s article “The power of family lore: uncovering Brooklyn’s “Auld Irishtown”,” is written on the official Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s newspaper website: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/power-family-lore-uncovering-brooklyn%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cauld-irishtown%E2%80%9D-2013-04-08-193600 This makes Mr. Loingsigh article a reliable secondary source, which can be used and referred to in a research project.
Relevance: This information would be relevant to my needs if I were conducting research on Brooklyn’s Irishtown.
– The source helps me research my topic and/or answers my questions.
– The source meets the requirements of my assignment.
Expertise: The author is a direct relative of the primary sources in his article, and the publisher is an official newspaper.
– The author is qualified or an expert who knows about the topic.
– There is information about the author on the web page.
Currency: The information was written on April 8, 2013.
– The source is almost three years old.
– This website does get its information from up-to-date sources.
Accuracy: The source’s information is reliable but may have the potential for some falsification.
– The source states where the information comes from.
– I can verify any of the information by checking other sources.
Purpose: My information source was created for career and a sense of family duty.
– My source was designed to inform, educate, entertain, and/or to make money.
– I do not think that my source was designed to further a political, religious, or institutional cause; but it is biased towards the Irish perspective. Consider the point of view of “Whiskey Wars,” for instance.
I strongly believe that this is a “credible source,” because the author’s article was published in a credible newspaper; however, the information, though acquired from primary source interviews and secondary literature, was not purely taken from historical archives of governmental sources, such as libraries or historical documents. There is no official document claiming that Vinegar Hill was once called or known as “Irish-town.” I would use this source in the context of an unofficial historical research project.
Please click on the following link to read the edited portion of my PRE-VISIT REFLECTION on the Learning Places Site Report in PDF format: CopyofLearningPlacesSiteReportPreSiteVisitReflection