Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898-1918

Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898-1918

by Gerald W. McFarland
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558495029

ISBN-13: 9781558495029

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

In the popular imagination, New York City's Greenwich Village has long been known as a center of bohemianism, home to avant-garde artists, political radicals, and other nonconformists who challenged the reigning orthodoxies of their time. Yet a century ago the Village was a much different kind of place: a mixed-class, multiethnic neighborhood teeming with the

Overview

In the popular imagination, New York City's Greenwich Village has long been known as a center of bohemianism, home to avant-garde artists, political radicals, and other nonconformists who challenged the reigning orthodoxies of their time. Yet a century ago the Village was a much different kind of place: a mixed-class, multiethnic neighborhood teeming with the energy and social tensions of a rapidly changing America. Gerald W. McFarland reconstructs this world with vivid descriptions of the major groups that resided within its boundaries -- the Italian immigrants and African Americans to the south, the Irish Americans to the west, the well-to-do Protestants to the north, and the New York University students, middle-class professionals, and artists and writers who lived in apartment buildings and boarding houses on or near Washington Square.

McFarland examines how these Villagers, so divided along class and ethnic lines, interacted with one another. He shows how clashing expectations about what constituted proper behavior in the neighborhood's public spaces -- especially streets, parks, and saloons -- often led to intergroup conflict, political rivalries, and campaigns by the more privileged Villagers to impose middle-class mores on their working-class neighbors. Occasionally, however, a crisis or common problem led residents to overlook their differences and cooperate across class and ethnic lines. Throughout the book, McFarland connects the evolution of Village life to the profound transformations taking place in American society at large during the same years.

University of Massachusetts Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558495029
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
454,759
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

ILLUSTRATIONSix
PREFACExi
INTRODUCTION The Latter Days of the Sixth Village1
CHAPTER ONE Neighbors and Strangers8
The Heart of Little Africa11
An Immigrant Church25
The Green in Greenwich36
CHAPTER TWO For Their Mutual Benefit49
West Side Branch50
Greenwich House58
CHAPTER THREE The Patrician Response77
The North Villagers78
Ascension Forum95
The Washington Square Association105
CHAPTER FOUR Allies118
The A Clubbers120
The Greenwich House Circle129
Cross-Class Alliances, 1907-1911138
CHAPTER FIVE Value Conflicts151
The Improper Villagers152
Village Artists at Work and Play169
CHAPTER SIX Becoming Bohemia189
TheSeventh Villagers191
The Neighborhood, 1913-1918210
NOTES227
BIBLIOGRAPHY247
INDEX259

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