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Author Baldwin, Peter C
Title In the Watches of the Night : Life in the Nocturnal City, 1820-1930
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
©2011
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Descript 1 online resource (293 pages)
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Series Historical Studies of Urban America
Historical Studies of Urban America
Note Intro -- Contents -- 1. Making Night Hideous -- 2. Lighting the Heart of Darkness -- 3. Quitting Time -- 4. Recreations and Dissipations -- 5. After Midnight -- 6. Nightmen -- 7. Incessance -- 8. Mashers, Owl Cars, and Night Hawks -- 9. Night Life in the Electric City -- 10. Regulated Night -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- Notes -- Index
Before skyscrapers and streetlights glowed at all hours, American cities fell into inky blackness with each setting of the sun. But over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, new technologies began to light up streets, sidewalks, buildings, and public spaces. Peter C. Baldwin's evocative book depicts the changing experience of the urban night over this period, visiting a host of actors-scavengers, newsboys, and mashers alike-in the nocturnal city. Baldwin examines work, crime, transportation, and leisure as he moves through the gaslight era, exploring the spread of modern police forces and the emergence of late-night entertainment, to the era of electricity, when social campaigns sought to remove women and children from public areas at night. While many people celebrated the transition from darkness to light as the arrival of twenty-four hours of daytime, Baldwin shows that certain social patterns remained, including the danger of street crime and the skewed gender profile of night work. Sweeping us from concert halls and brothels to streetcars and industrial forges, In the Watches of the Night is an illuminating study of a vital era in American urban history
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Baldwin, Peter C. In the Watches of the Night : Life in the Nocturnal City, 1820-1930 Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2011 9780226036021
Subject Nightlife -- United States -- History.;Night work -- United States -- History.;Municipal lighting -- United States -- History.;Cities and towns -- United States -- History -- 19th century
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