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Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements

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An evocative account of the rise and fall of urban mass amusements. Nasaw argues that at the turn of the century, as "going out" became a part of everyday life in American cities, a middle-class cosmopolitan culture emerged and class, ethnic, and religious barriers dissolved.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by Harvard University Press (first published 1993)
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I got it on ILL from the Indianapolis-Marion County Library.

This book is a study of public amusements from the end of the 19th century through post WWII, primarily in urban culture and with a definite focus on the treatment of African-Americans. He discusses vaudeville, dime museums (the precursor to the carnival freak show), the phonograph as public entertainment and amusement parks; but not surprisingly, the majority of the book deals with the development of motion pictures. Nasaw considers t
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Dec 16, 2015 Kim Adamache rated it really liked it
The author references a variety of locations and classes in his narrative describing amusements during the turn of the last century. He focuses on the changes to public amusements that were primarily linked to electricity and automation, which were an amazing variety of amusements including Coney Island, recorded music, the nickelodeons...the list goes on and on. Fascinating look at the times including a look at existing attitudes towards "The Other."
Jun 20, 2016 MH rated it really liked it
A great social history of urban public amusements in the changing America of the early 20th century, and how a new class of office and retail workers who had a little more time and money than their immigrant parents - and how they spent them on amusement parks, dance halls, vaudeville and, increasingly, the movies. Nasaw sticks to his themes of how this participatory leisure, as well as racial exclusion, constructed a new American identity, but he never lets his theories overwhelm his excellentl ...more
Cynthia Karl
Aug 21, 2013 Cynthia Karl rated it liked it
A lot very interesting information and definitely readable, but occasionally it bogs down. This must be one of David Nasaw's first books because I really like his writing in other books of his I have read.
Jul 14, 2015 Clara rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars. Insightful analysis, and a pleasant mix of things I knew and things I didn't. Not a full 5 stars because of a bit of repetition that dragged it down.
Sep 11, 2008 Maria rated it liked it
I learned about the 20th century entertainment revolution that changed forever the ways we work,live and live.
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David Nasaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America. Nasaw is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History.

In addition to writing numerous scholarly and popular books, he has written for publications such as the Columb
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