Going out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements

Going out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements


By (author) David Nasaw

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 246mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465070302
  • ISBN 13: 9780465070305
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, index

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This study tells how "show business" was invented - a journey through the vanished pleasure palaces of urban middle-class America. There was a time when "going out" was only for the rich. But at the turn of the century, "going out" became part of everyday life for almost all urban Americans as vaudeville halls, phonograph parlors, penny arcades, nickel theatres, nightclubs, dance halls, ball parks and World's Fair midways cropped up. A new middle-class cosmopolitan culture emerged, Nasaw argues, as barriers of class, ethnicity and religion dissolved. Only blacks were excluded. With many anecdotes, this book chronicles that entertainment revolution and its demise when racial barriers fell.

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