First Resorts: Pursuing Pleasure At Saratoga Springs, Newport, And Coney Island

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"At the dawn of the nineteenth century, Saratoga Springs hosted no more than a thousand hardy travelers yearly, Newport floundered in the midst of a fifty-year commercial decline, and Coney Island's beach resembled a wind-swept wilderness. A hundred years later, the number of summer visitors to Saratoga had increased a hundredfold, the antics of high society at Newport transfixed America, and at l...

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (November 20, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0801865867
ISBN-13: 978-0801865862
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
Amazon Rank: 900651
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*For the only safe harbor in this life's tossing, troubled sea is to refuse to be bothered about what the future will bring and to stand ready and confident, squaring the breast to take without skulking or flinching whatever fortune hurls at us. Proceeds from the direct sale of this book through Hivehouse. book First Resorts: Pursuing Pleasure At Saratoga Springs, Newport, And Coney Island Pdf. Thin paper, but not to thin. Great book, the meaning behind it is very inspiring. Went to same high school as Mr. This regrettable transformation has come to pass and lives are being lost because of it. This book isn't very deep. Clamp did an amazing job with the details, especially with some of the pages that appear to be done completely in ink with no pencil work.
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Sterngass's history of three of the first American resorts -- Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island -- shows in fascinating detail how these sites came to give birth to commercial leisure in the U.S. Destined for classic status, Sterngass has ...



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illion pleasure seekers visited Coney annually. 'Those who talk of the mushroom growth of our Western cities,' declared an astounded writer for Harper's Weekly in 1878, 'might better spend their wonder and enthusiasm upon our Eastern watering-place.'"―From the IntroductionIn First Resorts: Pursuing Pleasure at Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island, Jon Sterngass follows three of the best-known northeastern American resorts across a century of change. Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island began, he finds, as similar pleasure destinations, each of them featuring "grand" hotels where visitors swarmed public spaces such as verandas, dining rooms, and parlors. As the century progressed, however, Saratoga remained much the same, while Newport turned to private (and lavish) "cottages" and Coney Island shifted its focus to amusements for the masses.Fifty-nine illustrations enliven Sterngass's unique study of the commodification of pleasure that occurred as capitalist values flourished, travel grew more accessible, and leisure time became democratized. These three resorts, he argues, served as forerunners of twentieth-century pleasure cities such as Aspen, Las Vegas, and Orlando.