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City reading : written words and public spaces in antebellum New York

Author: David M Henkin
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1998.
Series: Popular cultures, everyday lives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Henkin explores the influential but little-noticed role reading played in New York City's public life between 1825 and 1865. The "ubiquitous urban texts"--from newspapers to paper money, from street  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David M Henkin
ISBN: 0231107447 9780231107440 0231107455 9780231107457
OCLC Number: 38270594
Description: xv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Public Reading, Public Space --
2. Brick, Paper, and the Spectacle of Urban Growth: The Rise of a New Metropolis --
3. Commercial Impudence and the Dictatorship of the Perpendicular: Signs of the City --
4. Word on the Streets: Bills, Boards, and Banners --
5. Print in Public, Public in Print: The Rise of the Daily Paper --
6. Promiscuous Circulation: The Case of Paper Money --
7. Epilogue: Words of War.
Series Title: Popular cultures, everyday lives.
Responsibility: David M. Henkin.
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A strikingly original account of a new kind of literacy in mid-nineteenth century New York City. -- Konstantin Dierks Journal of the Early Republic

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