Amusing the Million Coney Island at the Turn of the Century

ISBN-10: 0809001330
ISBN-13: 9780809001330
Edition: N/A
Authors: John F. Kasson
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 8/1/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America's changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture. Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as the object of nostalgia but as a harbinger of modernity--and the many photographs, lithographs, engravings, and other reproductions with which he amplifies his text support this lively thesis.

John F. Kasson, who teaches history & American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of "Amusing the Million" (H&W, 1978), "Rudeness & Civility" (H&W, 1990), & "Civilizing the Machine" (H&W, 1999).

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