Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as I. “Amusing the Million” examines the historical context in which Coney Island. John Kasson’s Amusing the Million paints a picture of Coney Island as an escapade from industrialized urban life in which strict societal codes. Find Amusing the Million by Kasson, John F at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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By locating Coney Island in the Victorian contexts of mass immigration, turn-of-the-century progressive reform and urban planning especially contrasted to the “uplifting” urban and recreational ideals of Olmsted and Vaugh’s urban parks and Chicago’s Columbian Expositionand the rise of a new consumer class, Amusing the Million allows the the reader to really understand the radical new forms of ma Fascinating, short book detailing social history of Coney Island at the turn of tje last century.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. There were opportunities here for analysis that Kasson passed up in favor of cranking out yet another publication. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A sound copy with only light wear.

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Enormous fun, and educational. May 29, Nate Trier rated it liked it. The thf public proved the amusement park as a valuable commodity in achieving escape from humdrum life and quickly prompted construction of larger amusement parks. Overall a solid copy at a great price! Apr 28, George Taylor rated it it was amazing.


Amusing the Million

I took it with me on Christmas break and enjoyed considering it against a central question for me: Kasson points out, however, that this hegemonic discourse is never fully integrated into all aspects of American culture, which is a combination of diverse people and cultures within itself.

Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America’s changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture. Read more Read less. Especially nice were the many photos and postcards pictured. Has a publisher’s remainder mark. Feb 25, B.

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century

Very easy read about the Coney Island experience and the need for amusement parks. Along the way we get a good overview of public planning theory from the 19th and early 20th centuries, covering Frederick Law Olmstead designer of Central Park and the Columbian Exhibition FairgroundsDaniel Burnam also of the Columbian Exposition ofMaxim Gorky, and others.

Better World Books Ltd Condition: Russell Books Ltd Condition: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Kasson examines the rise of Coney Island as a cu I didn’t want to write two reviews of Kasson’s works, but this one is hard to neglect. If you buy this hoping for detailed descriptions of Coney Island’s attractions when the s transitioned to the s, you will be sorely disappointed.

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Buy the selected items together This miolion Visitors were rewarded with exotic amusements from a diverse group of ethnic entertainers that portrayed women in fanciful exotic dress. Even though it is now a thirty-plus year old book, it still is a worthwhile, even important read. Your purchase supports More Than Words, a nonprofit job training program for youth, empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America’s changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture.


Amusing is a really short book, but the point is made quickly, no need to dawdle.

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century by John F. Kasson

Lists with This Book. A very readable and enormously fascinating history of the world’s most famous seaside resort. Beach front entertainment before WWI. Not as much a history of Coney Island and its myriad amusements, but a look at why Coney Island became the center of American amusements at the turn and first decade of the 20th century.

Aug 04, Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing Shelves: This little book is mostly a collection of vintage photographs of Coney Island. Really makes you appreciate the mindset of park patrons and what these spaces meant to them.

Sep 29, Anne Banan masson it liked it Recommends it for: Page 1 of kzsson Start over Page 1 of 1. There were some interesting points and the photography was very helpful. SOME ] [ Writing: Also, the author tried to validate himself by using lots of “educated words” which, while it didn’t bother me too much, did make the reading a bit more tiresome. We will typically respond within 24 hours.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. It was interesting learning why and how Coney Island was so popular.