Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusementsby David Nasaw
An evocative account of the rise and fall of urban mass amusements. Nasaw argues that at the turn of the century, as "going out" became a part of everyday life in American cities, a middle-class cosmopolitan culture emerged and class, ethnic, and religious barriers dissolved.
David Nasaw's fine history of public amusements in urban America is such a welcome contribution to contemporary cultural debate...Nasaw unearths fascinating details about everything from the early history of the movies to pre-World War I dance crazes; and he raises fundamental questions about the web of connections joining commercial play, public space and cultural cohesion.
No other book brings together so much material about so many different urban entertainment formsand connects their history with a few simple and powerful overarching themes.
- Basic Books
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- 6.11(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.96(d)
Meet the Author
David Nasaw is Professor of History and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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