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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Fascinating study of the cultural changes and implications of Coney Island. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Barely light wear to front cover’s fore-edge — otherwise book is in fine condition.

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Return to Book Page. This was bearable in some parts, because I thought ,illion was interesting how Kasson described the change in mass culture, but when he went into deep deep detail, it was like YAWN!

What did the parks have to offer for the emerging middle class? Cawelti, University of Chicago. I loved all of the pictures that were included; they supplemented the text incredibly well, and they gave the reader a look at Coney Island that words just can’t fully recreate.

Sep 07, erin cosens rated it really liked it. Set up a giveaway. This little book is mostly a collection of vintage photographs of Coney Island. By locating Coney Island in the Victorian contexts of mass immigration, turn-of-the-century progressive reform and 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 a 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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The main district was called White City and kept purposely distinct from a livelier district called the Midway which was more popular among the public. Aug 04, Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Book is in good shape but has shelf wear.

What makes Biblio different? Spine creases, wear to millioon and pages from reading. I had no idea there was so much history behind Coney Island, and how it tied in to American history as kassob whole. Kasson explains how amusement parks and new electrified, industrial entertainments of the early s killed the culture of edification and restraint that middle- and upper-class American “Victorians” had pushed since the s.

It was interesting learning why and how Coney Island was so popular. Why was Coney Island built? I would recommend it, if are into history and kaasson to learn the “magic of Coney Island’s history”. A Story of Ford-America. Jun 07, Dan Gorman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 26, Kate Mcphail added it.

Amusing the Million by John F. Kasson (ebook)

Sep 29, Anne Banan rated it liked it Recommends it for: ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The next project that Kasson focuses on is the Columbian Exposition of Posing this question on the rugged beaches of the Washington coast provides an easy answer: This is a blanket description. Would we have more parks and fewer midways?


Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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 amusinh new mass culture. Luna Park was an amusement park that was designed to create a carnival spirit using a theatrical setting with elaborate and stylistic architecture.

Coney set the template for the entertain Kasson writes a neat history of Coney Island and posits its impact on these United States. He mixes description of rides and parks and entrepreneurs with cultural history using a light touch, made milpion lighter with the extensive pictures. Enormous fun, and educational. On New Year’s eve, fireworks blasted even your starry skies. Feb 04, Tracy rated it it was amazing. Kasson’s book is an excellent read for anyone interested in social history.

Refresh and try again. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Learn more killion Amazon Prime. If you buy this hoping for detailed descriptions of Coney Island’s attractions when the s transitioned to the s, you will be sorely disappointed.

It is an easy read with pictures and really brings back the nostalgia for Coney. Lists with This Book. Crowds of revelers and participatory games disrupted strict social boundaries, and the sexes frolicked unchaperoned, but whites continued to objectify people of color and “freaks.