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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: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Rivergate Regionals Collection
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : culture, history, and the Brooklyn Bridge 3
1 Manufacturing consensus, practicing exclusion : ideology and the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge 15
2 "The eyes of all people are upon us" : tourists, immigrants, and the Brooklyn Bridge 42
3 The view of the bridge : perspective, context, and the urban observer 90
4 American memory : history, fiction, and the Brooklyn Bridge 145
5 Revision and dissent : the Brooklyn Bridge from its centennial until the present 192
Epilogue : crisis and change : the Brooklyn Bridge in the wake of terror 225
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