In the Watches of the Night (inbunden)
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In the Watches of the Night (inbunden)

In the Watches of the Night

Life in the Nocturnal City, 1820-1930

Inbunden Engelska, 2012-02-01
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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 centuries, 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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"In the Watches of the Night is an engrossing history of how illuminating the night forced changes in all kinds of nocturnal behavior, from work routines and city amusements to night scavengers collecting the contents of privies and farmers' markets bringing in perishables in the cool of the night air." (Patricia Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara)"

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Peter C. Baldwin is associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Domesticating the Street: The Reform of Public Space in Hartford, 1850-1930.