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Hello, Login. Visit Our Stores. 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.
John F. Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. Cawelti, University of Chicago "Brilliant. Through skillfully chosen photographs and highly imaginative careful analysis, Kasson implicitly argues that Coney Island was American appetite, America-as-joke, incarnate. Meticulous and exciting, [ Amusing the Million is ] clearly destined to be a classic in the still inchoate field of popular culture.
His inquiry into the nature and significance of Coney Island as part of the American 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. Cawelti, University of Chicago "Because he treats our frivolities seriously, John Kasson has produced an important book which helps us all understand ourselves.
His inquiry into the nature and significance of Coney Island as part of the American experience provides a brilliant device for understanding major transformations in American culture at the turn of the century COM Terms.
Amusing the Million
Amusing the Million Coney Island at the Turn of the Century
Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century