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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Another college honors history book I had to read I knew the basics amsuing Coney Island, but this book brought a lot of things to my attention that I’d never even considered.

I would recommend it, if are into history and want to learn the “magic of Coney Island’s history”.

Amusing the Million

Ultimately, the parks on Coney Island, while signalling a change were not revolutionary. I had no idea there was so much history behind Coney Island, and how it tied in to American history as a whole. This is a quick but valuable read.

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.

Social-cultural history ought to be done this way more often. Revelers visit Coney Island Beach. Coney Island is a harbinger of modernity, a greater mix of classes, a more sensual and daring culture, a counter culture from what a park was meant to be in the era preceding. A Concise History, Volume 2. A sound copy with only light wear. 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.


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, kassson, engravings, and other reproductions with which he amplifies his text support this lively thesis. The author presents great insights into Coney’s past. No trivia or quizzes yet. Your purchase supports More Than Words, a nonprofit job training program for youth, empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

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Not a book for the general public, more of an edited academic treatise. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I only wish that the analysis was a little more in depth and the decline of Coney Island was explored more. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Jul 17, Clara rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 15, Mary Rockwell rated it it was ok. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Sep 11, Kaufmak rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island kassson its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America’s changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture.


Coney set the template for the entertain Kasson writes a neat history of Coney Island and posits its impact on these United Mililon. Trivia About Amusing the Milli Jan 30, Tim rated it really liked it. Feb 18, Alexandra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Beach front entertainment before WWI. As controlled as the anarchy might be, capitalism was still the order of the day.

Get to Know Us. But it’s also really interesting to think about the high-low contrasts between things like Central Park and Coney Island, and the ideas of who is making culture for whom. Even though it is now a thirty-plus year old book, it still is a worthwhile, even important read. This is not a book about the history of Coney Island itself but more an exploration of the concepts behind it.

Amusing the Million by John F. Kasson (ebook)

If you are a seller for this product, would milkion like to suggest updates through seller support? Pretty informative and interesting. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Really makes you appreciate the mindset of park patrons and what these spaces meant to them.