The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History / Edition 1

The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History / Edition 1

by Richard Haw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813535875

ISBN-13: 9780813535876

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Hailed by some as the Eighth Wonder of the World when it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the world's most recognizable and beloved icons. For over one hundred years it has excited and fascinated with stories of ingenuity and heroism, and it has been endorsed as a flawless symbol of municipal improvement and a prime emblem of American technological

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Hailed by some as the Eighth Wonder of the World when it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the world's most recognizable and beloved icons. For over one hundred years it has excited and fascinated with stories of ingenuity and heroism, and it has been endorsed as a flawless symbol of municipal improvement and a prime emblem of American technological progress.

Bringing together more than sixty images of the bridge that, over the years, have graced postcards, magazine covers, and book jackets and appeared in advertisements, cartoons, films, and photographs, Richard Haw traces the diverse ways that this majestic structure has been received, adopted, and interpreted as an American idea. Haw's account is not a history of how the bridge was made, but rather of what people have made of the Brooklyn Bridge-in film, music, literature, art, and politics-from its opening ceremonies to the blackout of 2003.

About the Author:
Richard Haw is a professor of literature and writing at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535876
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Rivergate Regionals Collection
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : culture, history, and the Brooklyn Bridge3
1Manufacturing consensus, practicing exclusion : ideology and the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge15
2"The eyes of all people are upon us" : tourists, immigrants, and the Brooklyn Bridge42
3The view of the bridge : perspective, context, and the urban observer90
4American memory : history, fiction, and the Brooklyn Bridge145
5Revision and dissent : the Brooklyn Bridge from its centennial until the present192
Epilogue : crisis and change : the Brooklyn Bridge in the wake of terror225

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