Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan

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"Nightclub City interweaves a history of the nightclub with chapters that reveal its close relationship to major civic trends: moral reform and policing, Prohibition, the fight against public corruption, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. What emerges is a story of a city, and a national culture as a whole, redefining its civic life through its leisure."
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Overview

"Nightclub City interweaves a history of the nightclub with chapters that reveal its close relationship to major civic trends: moral reform and policing, Prohibition, the fight against public corruption, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. What emerges is a story of a city, and a national culture as a whole, redefining its civic life through its leisure."
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"Nightclub City tells the behind-the-scenes story of Manhattan's glamorous nightlife at its peak. Packed with colorful characters, terrific original research, and an unusually accessible writing style, Nightclub City is a gritty social history of America's most glitzy fantasies."—Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

"Meticulously researched. . . . Peretti builds on previous studies of urban nightlife and entertainment, and his contribution is to look at institutions of commercial night life not from the perspective of consumers but from that of the reformer or official trying to tax, control, prohibit, or criminalize the purveyors of pleasure."—Journal of American History

"Peretti convincingly argues that nightclubs, at the peak of their popularity, played a small but highly significant role in redefining the relationship between America's government and its citizenry. . . . He skillfully wields illustrative quotes, cogent analysis, and an impressive body of archival evidence."—Journal of Urban History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812239973
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Burton W. Peretti is Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University and the author of Jazz in American Culture.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
The 1920s New York Nightclub, a Modern Institution     1
"The Hostess Evil"     28
Tammany Nights     51
"War on the Nightclubs"     73
Bargain-Counter Broadway     99
"Where Fleshpots and Politics Together Meet"     123
Nightlife in the La Guardia Era     146
A New Deal for Nightclubs     170
Billy Rose and Nightclubs for the Masses     190
Conclusion: The Nightclub Era in Retrospect     218
Notes     233
Index     273
Acknowledgments     283
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