Much of Schneider's history refutes the oral tradition. We think of the class consciousness and snobberies as having been imported by people from ''off-Cape'' or ''off-Island.'' But we find that such pretensions have roots extending into the 18th century. Similarly, the Cape and Islands' rivalries and stereotypes, notoriously vicious, go back hundreds of years. The book is an excellent account of the high points in the history, from Pilgrims of the past to the tourists of the present, who in their search for the better life have a great deal in common with those early settlers.
Causes Paul Schneider Supports
The usual suspects for a writer from Massachusetts, living on Martha's Vineyard no less.