Hodgkin's previous book "Frontier to Industrial City" told the story of Lewiston's settlement through town government to status as a city. Here he picks up the story with the Civil War and the boomtown conditions brought on by construction of the textile mills and resulting in rapid population growth. The latter 19th century has been depicted as a shameful period in the nation's urban history due to the rise of corrupt machine politics. How well did Lewiston's government respond to the service challenges and the incorporation of a diverse ethnic population? Was Lewiston governed by an elite of mill managers, by political bosses, by a "rum power" or by democratically responsive officials? This book considers these topics. Paperback. 464 pgs.