The Public City : The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900


The Public City : The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 464 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521415651
  • DDC分類 320.97946109034

Full Description

This history of San Fransisco from 1850 through 1900 identifies the active participation of citizens in communication, persuasion, and mobilization as the 'public city': the site of American political and social change. Drawing on speeches, pamphlets, newspapers, census and electoral data, the book narrates the city's turbulent history, through Vigilance Committees, public executions, duels, the Civil War, the Workingmen's Party of California, party 'bosses' and 'machines', the rise of modern feminism, the origins of mass journalism, and the triumph of Progressive urban reform at the turn of the century. Most studies of urban politics treat public life as the expression of social group experience. This book argues the reverse: that social group identities of race, class, ethnicity, and gender were created in the public sphere, as leaders mobilized the masses in politics and journalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The public city: American
political culture in nineteenth-century San
1. The agony of authority: people, public,
party, and power, 1849-1859
2. Republican terror: the origins of vigilante
movements of 1851 and 1856
3. Though the heavens fall: the vigilante
movement culture of 1856
4. Race and reaction: civil war political
5. The postwar reconstruction of the urban
public sphere
6. A language of politics in a politics of
class: the workingmen's party of California and
the twilight of republicanism
7. The institutional preconditions of
8. Progressivism as the politics of needs: the
mobilization of group identities