Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (American Century)

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (American Century)

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (American Century)

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 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.

 

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