Amusing the millions

Kasson states that at the turn of the American century a self-conscious elite composed of critics, ministers, educators, and reformers commanded cultural leadership by taking it upon themselves to discipline the boisterous urban public.

The next project that Kasson focuses on is the Columbian Exposition of Revelers visit Coney Island Beach. 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.

These genteel reformers built museums, symphonies, and libraries to institutionalize a formal cultural life based upon moral integrity and self-control 4. Was Coney Island the instigator or the result?

The ticket-paying public proved the amusement park as a valuable commodity in achieving escape from humdrum life and quickly prompted construction of larger amusement parks.

Why was Coney Island built? Kasson writes that this desire for leisure was an effect of a cultural accommodation for the increasingly industrialized city. Crowds of revelers and participatory games disrupted strict social boundaries, and the sexes Enormous fun, and educational. Luna Park was an amusement park that was designed to create a carnival spirit using a theatrical setting with elaborate and stylistic architecture.

I found it to be quite an enjoyable read with plenty of visual sources and the prose to support it. One such amusement park was Luna Park. I only wish that the analysis was a little more in depth and the decline of Coney Island was explored more.

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century

Visitors were rewarded with exotic amusements from a diverse group of ethnic entertainers that portrayed women in fanciful exotic dress. This was bearable in some parts, because I thought it was interesting how Kasson described the change in mass culture, but when he went into deep deep detail, it was like YAWN!

Overall it was a great introduction on the subject, I will certainly read more on the subject. The park was intended to act as a rural retreat within the urban environment filled with delightful visages of woods, hills, and lakes.

Coney Island and its three great parks — Dreamland, Luna Park, and Steeplechase Park — were the pinnacle of early-twentieth-century industrial fun.

These are the questions asked and then answered, at least to the satisfaction of the author. What did the parks have to offer for the emerging middle class?

Among the first of the amusement parks was Steeplechase Park which was designed to disconnect a visitor from their everyday burdens by enveloping them in a multitude of amusements.

Both of these projects represented a cultural ideal that was presented by elite groups intent on assimilating urban class people to a status quo but the public supported recreations that reversed these institutions rather than adhere to them.

Kasson explains how amusement parks and new electrified, industrial entertainments of the early s killed the culture of edification and restraint that middle- and upper-class American "Victorians" had pushed since the s.

He argues that at the turn of the century the economy is in a time of transition to include not only high production, but high consumption as well and this consumption led to a public resorting to leisure time pursuits.

However, as the mass production of commodities created increasing abundance, it required an expanded mass market to absorb them.Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century by John F.

Kasson uses the amusement park at Coney Island as a case study for a transformative period in American history when new economic and social conditions were leading to a new “mass culture.” 1 It was this new.

A park designed with the intent to escape city life and become more in touch with nature. Focus on finding one's self. Amusing the Millions essaysAt the turn of the Twentieth century radical sociological changes and movements began to take hold of the prevailing American culture, and a major factor that contributed to these new changes was.

This item: Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (American Century) by John F. Kasson Paperback $ In /5(27). Amusing The Millions Essay Caroline Cosgrove-Richard Professor Mark Carson HIST 2 February Amusing the Millions With the turn of the century rapidly approaching, a societal turn began to take place in America as well.

Kasson, John F. Amusing the Millions: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century, American Century Series. New York: Hill & Want, New York: Hill & Want, Coney Island, the couple of miles of beachfront property on the southwestern end of Long Island known for its carnival sense of amusement, is the focus of Kasson's case study.

Amusing the millions
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