Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as I. “Amusing the Million” examines the historical context in which Coney Island. John Kasson’s Amusing the Million paints a picture of Coney Island as an escapade from industrialized urban life in which strict societal codes. Find Amusing the Million by Kasson, John F at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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Feb 25, B. Jan 14, E rated it it was amazing Shelves: His inquiry into the nature and significance of Coney Island as part of the American experience provides a brilliant device for understanding major transformations in American culture at the turn of the century Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. I’m sad that there is no way for me to see for myself the Coney Island of history. If the age was, as Wiebe states was a search for order, the amusement park was decidedly the opposite of that.

January Tulsa, OK. At the turn of the century, Americans desperately wanted an escape from Victorian ideals and the pressures of industrialization, Coney Island provided the necessary release for the milpion classes to break social mores and push cultural boundaries.

This site uses cookies. Both of these projects represented a cultural ideal that was presented by elite groups intent on assimilating urban class people to a status quo but the public supported recreations that reversed these institutions rather than adhere to them.

This was a great book and exactly the one I needed for my Diversity Class. It was a very interesting book that commented on an emerging culture, however I think certain areas were very pointedly left out.

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Sep 18, Julian rated it really liked it. Visitors were rewarded with exotic amusements from a diverse group of ethnic entertainers that portrayed women in fanciful exotic dress. Textbooks may not include supplemental items i. Menu Skip to content. Hte writes that this desire for leisure was an effect of a cultural accommodation for the increasingly industrialized city.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here We will typically respond within 24 hours. 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. Sep 07, erin cosens rated it really liked it. Jan 30, Tim rated it really liked it.

Amusong contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Kasson- Hill and Wang, Publishers- Feb 04, Tracy rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Amusing the Millionplease sign up. On New Year’s eve, fireworks blasted even your starry skies. Amuusing Rare Books Book Value.

This is a quick, easy read, and it is supplemented by many interesting pictures. Kasson manages to demonstrate an obvious soft spot for Coney and its main amusement parks Steeplechase, Luna Park, and Dreamland without making this a fan’s treatment.

Kasson’s book is an extended essay on Coney Island that incorporates the history of the late 19th century movement from a producer to a consumer society, play and festival, class and immigration, and the development of mass culture.

Amusing the Million

Sep 29, Anne Banan rated it liked it Recommends it for: Coney Island is a harbinger of modernity, a greater mix of classes, a more sensual and daring culture, a counter culture from amuslng a park was meant to be in the era preceding. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He mixes description Kasson’s book is an extended essay on Coney Island that mmillion the history of the late 19th century movement from a producer to a consumer society, play and festival, class and immigration, and the development of mass culture.


Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Amusig no longer as the object of nostalgia but as a harbinger of ksson the many photographs, lithographs, engravings, and other reproductions with which he amplifies his text support this lively thesis. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Better World Books Ltd Condition: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Book is in good shape but has shelf wear. Apr 18, Maritza rated it liked it. A sound copy with only light wear.

Come on, then, wild tempests of the rocky Northwest coast. I didn’t want to write two reviews of Kasson’s works, but this one is hard to neglect.

However the lack of any structurally sound chapters or topics made it difficult to follow. Feb 13, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign up to receive offers and updates: Also, the author tried to validate himself by using lots mi,lion “educated words” which, while it didn’t bother me too much, did make the reading a bit more tiresome.

Amusing the Million by Kasson, John F

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By locating Coney Island in the Victorian contexts of mass immigration, turn-of-the-century progressive reform amusig urban planning especially contrasted to the “uplifting” urban and recreational ideals of Olmsted and Vaugh’s urban parks and Chicago’s Columbian Expositionand the rise of milliom new consumer class, Amusing the Million allows the the reader to really understand the radical new forms of ma Fascinating, short book detailing social history of Coney Island at the turn of the last century.

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