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The Public City

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Philip J. Ethington challenges the assumptions of several decades of urban history that treat American urban politics as the expression of social-group community experience.
Instead, he maintains in The Public City, social-group identities of race, class, ethnicity, and gender were politically constructed in the public sphere in the process of political mobilization and journalistic discourse.

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Overview

Philip J. Ethington challenges the assumptions of several decades of urban history that treat American urban politics as the expression of social-group community experience.
Instead, he maintains in The Public City, social-group identities of race, class, ethnicity, and gender were politically constructed in the public sphere in the process of political mobilization and journalistic discourse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520230019
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip J. Ethington is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations and tables
Preface
Introduction: The public city: American political culture in nineteenth-century San Francisco 1
1 The agony of authority: People, public, party, and power, 1849-1859 43
2 Republican terror: The origins of Vigilante movements of 1851 and 1856 86
3 Though the heavens fall: The Vigilante movement culture of 1856 128
4 Race and reaction: Civil War political mobilization 170
5 The postwar reconstruction of the urban public sphere 208
6 A language of politics in a politics of class: The Workingmen's Party of California 242
7 The institutional preconditions of progressivism 287
8 Progressivism as the politics of needs: The mobilization of group identities 345
Conclusion: A new public sphere and a new government 408
App.: Statistical sources, methods, and supplementary tables 419
Bibliography 427
Index 454
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