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The Park and the People : A History of Central Park by Roy Rosenzweig, Elizabeth Blackmar

This "exemplary social history" (Kirkus Reviews) is the first full-scale account of Central Park ever published. Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig tell the story of Central Park's people—the merchants and landowners who launched the project; the immigrant and African-American residents who were displaced by the park; the politicians, gentlemen, and artists who disputed its design and operation; the German gardeners, Irish laborers, and Yankee engineers who built it; and the generations of New Yorkers for whom Central Park was their only backyard. In tracing the park's history, Blackmar and Rosenzweig give us the history of New York, and bring to life larger issues about the meaning of the word "public" in a democratic society.

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ISBN-13: 9780801497513
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 798,021
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x (d)

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