What did the parks have to offer for the emerging middle class? However, as the mass production of commodities created increasing abundance, it required an expanded mass market to absorb them. Kasson writes that this desire for leisure was an effect of a cultural accommodation for the increasingly industrialized city.
This was bearable in some parts, because I thought it was interesting how Kasson described the change in mass culture, but when he went into deep deep detail, it was like YAWN! Both of these projects represented a cultural ideal that was presented by elite groups intent on assimilating urban class people to a status quo but the public supported recreations that reversed these institutions rather than adhere to them.
These are the questions asked and then answered, at least to the satisfaction of the author. Why was Coney Island built? I found it to be quite an enjoyable read with plenty of visual sources and the prose to support it.
He argues that at the turn of the century the economy is in a time of transition to include not only high production, but high consumption as well and this consumption led to a public resorting to leisure time pursuits.
One such amusement park was Luna Park. Crowds of revelers and participatory games disrupted strict social boundaries, and the sexes frolicked unchaperoned, but whites continued to objectify people of color and "freaks.
The ticket-paying public proved the amusement park as a valuable commodity in achieving escape from humdrum life and quickly prompted construction of larger amusement parks. Kasson states that at the turn of the American century a self-conscious elite composed of critics, ministers, educators, and reformers commanded cultural leadership by taking it upon themselves to discipline the boisterous urban public.
Either way the book introduces the reader to subjects of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which are seldom covered and are certainly informative.
Overall it was a great introduction on the subject, I will certainly read more on the subject. The next project that Kasson focuses on is the Columbian Exposition of The park was intended to act as a rural retreat within the urban environment filled with delightful visages of woods, hills, and lakes.
What were the inspirations for amusement parks and the societal pressures that lead to their development at the turn of the nineteenth century?
These genteel reformers built museums, symphonies, and libraries to institutionalize a formal cultural life based upon moral integrity and self-control 4. Feb 25, B. I only wish that the analysis was a little more in depth and the decline of Coney Island was explored more.
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.
Kasson calls to attention many amusements that are specifically engineered to violate social conventions and mock conventional typical worldly devices; such as, an amusement ride that sensationalized coal mining by thrusting coal cars with passengers down a coal mine Was Coney Island the instigator or the result?
Luna Park was an amusement park that was designed to create a carnival spirit using a theatrical setting with elaborate and stylistic architecture. Kasson explains how amusement parks and new electrified, industrial entertainments of the early s killed the culture of edification and restraint that middle- and upper-class American "Victorians" had pushed since the s.
Crowds of revelers and participatory games disrupted strict social boundaries, and the sexes Enormous fun, and educational.Amusing The Millions Essay Caroline Cosgrove-Richard Professor Mark Carson HIST 2 February Amusing the Millions With the turn of the century rapidly approaching, a societal turn began to take place in America as well.
A park designed with the intent to escape city life and become more in touch with nature. Focus on finding one's self. Kasson, John F. Amusing the Millions: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century, American Century Series.
New York: Hill & Want, New York: Hill & Want, Coney Island, the couple of miles of beachfront property on the southwestern end of Long Island known for its carnival sense of amusement, is the focus of Kasson's case study. Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I.
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 /5. Amusing the Millions True or False: 2 points each 1. _____ The book included pictures, maps, and graphs to supplement the text.
2. _____ The book was organized as a series of essays by different authors. This item: Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (American Century) by John F.
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