The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900 / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Cambridge University Press
This history of San Francisco from 1850 through 1900 identifies the active participation of citizens in communication, persuasion, and mobilization as the public city: the site of American political and social change. Challenging decades of scholarship that treats urban politics as the expression of social-group experience and power, the author develops the opposite thesis that social-group identities of race, class, ethnicity, and gender were politically constructed in the public sphere in the process of mobilization and journalistic discourse
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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About the Author
Philip J. Ethington is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction: The public city: American political culture in nineteenth-century San Francisco; 1. The agony of authority: people, public, party, and power, 1849-1859; 2. Republican terror: the origins of vigilante movements of 1851 and 1856; 3. Though the heavens fall: the vigilante movement culture of 1856; 4. Race and reaction: civil war political mobilization; 5. The postwar reconstruction of the urban public sphere; 6. A language of politics in a politics of class: the workingmen's party of California and the twilight of republicanism; 7. The institutional preconditions of progressivism; 8. Progressivism as the politics of needs: the mobilization of group identities; Conclusion; Appendix; Tables; Bibliography.