VIEWSnNew York vs. New Yorknby Bill KaufFmann”The feeling between this city and the hayseeds . . . is every bit as bitternas the feelings between the North and South before the War. . . . Why, Inknow a lot of men in my district who would like nothin’ better than tongo out gunnin’ for hayseeds.”n— George Washington PlunkittnTammany Hall, 1905nPlunkitt lived in the days before garbage scows, TawananBrawley, Nelson Rockefeller, radioactive waste, and thendecimation of local government. In the Upstate-Downstatenmarriage, Plunkitt’s was the Era of Good Feelings.nSectional enmity in New York used to be served with anwink and a smile. They were slickers, we were appleknockers;nthey were swells, we were yokels. Stanley Walkernof the Ne-w York Herald Tribune could call Upstatersn”earthbound clodhoppers, with inferiority complexes datingnfrom a boyhood passed in shoveling out the barnyard,” andnno great offense was taken.nUpstaters knew their history back then; every schoolchildncould recite the glories of his region. We gave birth tonwomen’s suffrage, the Liberty Party, Mormonism, spiritual-nBill Kauffman, born in the cradle of Anti-Masonry, isnauthor of the novel Every Man a .King.n18/CHRONICLESnnnism, Anti-Masonry, and the Oneida community. Manhcsnand kooks and visionaries — Jemima Wilkinson and the FoxnSisters and Frederick Douglass — took root in our soil.nShanty Irishmen built the Erie Canal; Gerritt Smith boughtnJohn Brown his guns.nAt the great junctures in American history. Upstate hadnacted nobly, Downstate ignobly. Our patriots consecratednthe Revolution with blood, while Tories and cowards soughtnhaven in Manhattan. After the war, Downstate moneyninterests rammed the new Constitution through, over thenprotests of the farmers and artisans who had shouldered thenmuskets. (The rustics possessed a “zeal for liberty,” shudderednFederalist Richard Morris.)nThe marvelous idea of divorce — of the two New Yorksn— was first advanced at our ratifying convention in 1788.nTen states had already assented to the Constitution, butnNew York, led by the “Rough Hewer,” shoemaker’s appren-n