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

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A delight to read, look at, and ponder May contain some highlighting, underlining, general markings. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Kasson lightly sketches the origins of the various parks and the boardwalk and lets the photos do the talking. I had no idea there was so much history behind Coney Island, and how it tied in to American history as a whole. Coney Island at the Turn of the Century. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The details and photos of the stuff that went on at Coney Island were fascinating. One such amusement millin was Luna Park. However the lack of any structurally sound chapters or topics made it difficult to follow.

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

Return to Book Page. Barely light wear to front cover’s fore-edge — otherwise book is in fine condition. On New Year’s eve, fireworks blasted even your starry skies.


Mega Buzz Inc Condition: The park was intended to act as a rural retreat within the urban environment filled with delightful visages of woods, hills, and lakes. To ask other readers questions about Amusing the Millionplease sign up.

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They did after all, charge admission and expect money million be spent once inside. 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. Feb 04, Tracy rated it it was amazing. Kasson is a professor of history and American studies at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and the author of Amusing the Miplionamong many other seminal works of cultural history.

A very readable and enormously fascinating history of the world’s most famous seaside resort.

Lots of great photos. You are commenting using your WordPress. Another college honors history book I had to read Would we have more parks and fewer midways? Well worth the time.

But it’s also really interesting to think about the high-low contrasts between things xmusing Central Park and Coney Island, and the ideas of who is making culture for whom. Jun 07, Dan Gorman rated it it was amazing Shelves: I bought this to complement “Cheap Amusements” and I’m pleased to have it.


Was Coney Island the instigator or the result? Feb 25, B.

Amusing the Million

Aug 05, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Enormous fun, and educational. Sep 26, Jessi rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t want to write two reviews of Kasson’s works, but this one is hard to neglect.

Especially amusign were the many photos and postcards pictured. Kasson examines the rise of Coney Island as a cultural transformation from the Victorian norms of the s to a new, less restrained culture, much of the same ground covered by Lew Erenberg.

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. The interesting thing about Coney Island is that it catered to middle- and working classes.

When looking at Kasson’s works as a whole, at least those that I’ve read, it is hard to find a more accomplished historian when it comes to the turn of the century in the United States.

Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. This little book is mostly a collection of vintage photographs of Coney Island.

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