How New York Became American, 1890–1924, updated edition
Drawing on a wide range of textual and visual primary sources, Blake guides the reader through New York's many civic identities, from the first generation of New York skyscrapers and their role in "Americanizing" the city to the promotion of Midtown as the city's definitive public face. His study ranges from the late 1890s into the early twentieth century, when the United States suddenly emerged as an imperial power, and the nation's industry, commerce, and culture stood poised to challenge Europe's global dominance. New York, the nation's largest city, became the de facto capital of American culture. Social reformers and tourism boosters, keen to see America's cities rival those of France or Britain, jockeyed for financial and popular support.
Blake weaves a compelling story of a city's struggle for metropolitan and national status and its place in the national imagination.
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"A testament to Blake's impressive writing and research skills, offering the reader a comprehensive study of an era in which the roots of New York City as we know it today were firmly planted."—BookPleasures.com
"A welcome contribution to the growing literatures on tourism, boosterism, visual culture, and urban identity."—Daniel Levinson Wilk, Business History Review
"Blake devotes special attention to the travel industry's role in shaping urban representations as part of the formation of national identity . . . This book contributes to our knowledge of the tourist industry, visual culture, and identity formation in New York City."—Clifton Hood, Journal of American History
"Written for anyone interested in American cultural studies, the history of New York City, or the politics of image making."—Hsiu-Tzu Betty Chang, Urban Affairs Review
"This work is a good look at the historical geography of New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Blake's description of the city's image changing over time is well suited for survey courses in U.S. history and urban studies, and serves as a good supplemental reading for courses in architecture, tourism, marketing, and identity formation."—Mylynka Kilgore Cardona, Historical Geography
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