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 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. Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as the object of nostalgia but as a harbinger of modernity–and the many photographs, lithographs, engravings, and other reproductions with which he amplifies his text support this lively thesis.

Cawelti, University of Chicago. His inquiry into the nature and significance of Coney Island as part of the Millipn experience provides a brilliant device for understanding major transformations in American culture at the turn of the century A delight to read, look at, and ponder Social-cultural history ought to be done this way more often. Nye, Michigan State University. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Showing of 27 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This little book is mostly a collection of vintage photographs of Coney Island. Kasson lightly sketches the origins of the various parks and the boardwalk and lets the photos do the talking.

The interesting thing about Coney Island is that it catered to middle- and working classes. The pictures show ordinary people under represented in historical accounts enjoying themselves. I bought this to complement “Cheap Amusements” and I’m pleased to have it.

School book for my daughter. She’s satisfied with it. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Pretty informative and interesting. I had to read it for class but I was not disappointed. It is an easy read with pictures and really brings back the nostalgia for Coney. I was required to read this book for American Studies, but actually ended up enjoying it.

It was interesting learning why and how Coney Island was so popular. They give clear reasons with evidence to back it up.

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Clearly written using a narrative style and incorporating many excellent first hand sources. Especially nice were the many photos and postcards pictured. Needed book for an American Studies kaasson. Very easy read about the Coney Island experience and the need for amusement parks.


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This was a great book and exactly the one I needed amksing my Diversity Class. Used for a college course, book came in perfect condition, and was actually quite an interesting read. I had no idea there was so much history behind Coney Island, and how it tied in to American history as a whole. See all 27 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers kaswon customers.

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