Electric Dreamland: Amusement Parks, Movies, and American by Lauren Rabinovitz

By Lauren Rabinovitz

More than thousand entertainment parks dotted the yankee panorama within the early 20th century, exciting most of the people with the newest in leisure and movie know-how. entertainment parks have been the playgrounds of the operating type, combining various, mechanically-based spectacles into one certain, smooth cultural phenomenon. Lauren Rabinovitz describes the city modernity engendered by means of those parks and their media, encouraging traditional members to experience, interpret, and embrace a burgeoning nationwide identity.

As industrialization, urbanization, and immigration upended society sooner than global conflict I, leisure parks tempered the shocks of racial, ethnic, and cultural clash whereas shrinking the differences among gender and sophistication. As she follows the increase of yankee parks from 1896 to 1918, Rabinovitz seizes on a simultaneous elevate in cinema and spectacle audiences and connects either to the good fortune of rest actions in stabilizing society. Critics of the time usually condemned parks and films for inciting ethical decline, yet in reality they fostered women’s independence, racial uplift, and assimilation. The rhythmic, mechanical activities of spectacle additionally conditioned audiences to method a number of stimuli. that includes illustrations from deepest collections and money owed from unaccessed information, Electric Dreamland joins movie and historic analyses in a unprecedented portrait of mass leisure and the fashionable American eye.

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