Gotham : A History of New York City to 1898 (Paperback)

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*Author: Burrows, Edwin G./ Wallace, Mike *Series Title: The History of NYC Series *Subtitle: A History of New York City to 1898 *Publication Date: 2000/10/19 *Number of Pages: 1383 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 2.00 *Width: 7.00 *Height: 9.75

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195140491
SKU 30611657
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0195140494
Release Date 10/1/2000
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 7L x 2T
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"Make no mistake: A comprehensive history of New York City is a bold undertaking, if not a foolish one. But Messrs. Burrows and Wallace--history professors at Brooklyn College and John Jay College, respectively--have pulled it off with style. (The second volume of their project, taking New York's story to the present, is due in the year 2000.) They cheerfully attempt the kind of all-encompassing, 'synthetic' history that is now frowned upon by many of their colleagues in the historical profession."
"'Gotham' is a spectacle, a cavalcade, a parade in which people move on and off the stage with astonishing rapidity, and the scene shifts constantly from politics to finance and on to art and social reform and city planning and transportation. The book is at once a history of feminism, of social policy, of marketing, of public works, of health care, of architecture, of government, of religion, of philanthropy, and of culture--which is at should be, since if it were anything less the authors would not have understood their subject."
"...no book this encyclopedic can be expected to read like a romp. This is a serious reference work. so many facts are crammed into every square inch that trying to absorb them all will guarantee a headache bigger than the one the city already has over Yankee Stadium's future. Stray details are sure to stick, though, not necessarily in any order of importance or chronology."
"...represents the most comprehensive examination to date of the city's history prior to 1900. Indeed, few historians today attempt synthetic and comprehensive interpretations of this magnitude. The authors weave together the unique details of New York's history with a generation's worth of recent and original scholarship, insightfully reconceptualizing the city's past....'Gotham' may rank in importance with the multi-volume works on Thomas Jefferson by Dumas Malone and on the Civil War by Allan Nevins."
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Annotation This first volume of a projected two-part definitive history of America's first capital city, chronicles its growth from its Dutch origins as New Amsterdam to the union of five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. This expansive book by two historians has been 20 years in the making. A New York Times Notable Book of 1999.
Excerpt As ever more people crammed into ever more dilapidated quarters, the consequences of crowding became blatantly apparent--to both eye and nose. New York, it was widely agreed, was the filthiest urban center in the United States; Boston and Philadelphia gleamed by comparison. This dubious distinction, ultimately rooted in the perverse dynamics of the housing market's response to immigration, was exacerbated by the city government's hands-off approach to the increasing production of garbage....Great heaps of mud, garbage and animal excrement piled up in the streets, forming a stinking mash labeled "Corporation Pudding" by a disgusted citizenry. To this base were added the noxious by-products of slaughterhouses, tanneries, dyers, distilleries, glue works, bone boilers, and stables, which had once been banished to the periphery but had now been overtaken by rapid expansion and were back in town. Roving herds of scavenging pigs made some inroads on the resulting accumulation, but what goes in must come out, and the porkers added their own contributions to the vile stew.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 1424
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA

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