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The Resource Civic wars : democracy and public life in the American city during the nineteenth century, Mary P. Ryan

Civic wars : democracy and public life in the American city during the nineteenth century, Mary P. Ryan

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Civic wars : democracy and public life in the American city during the nineteenth century
Title
Civic wars
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democracy and public life in the American city during the nineteenth century
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Mary P. Ryan
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Language
eng
Summary
The near extinction of civic life in American cities has been proclaimed for many years. Today, multiculturalism and political correctness are deemed the villains. Yet in the nineteenth century, at the apex of public processions, ceremonies, and civic celebrations, American cities were arguably as full of cultural differences and as fractured by social and economic changes as any metropolis today. To investigate how their citizens formed an integral public culture despite their heterogeneity, Mary Ryan, an award-winning scholar of the nineteenth century, began her research for this book. Quite unexpectedly, she found not harmonious communities but nearly incessant civic conflict which, she argues, erupted into full-scale municipal warfare even before the onset of the War between the States. Locating her study in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco, Ryan analyzes these conflicts on spatial, ceremonial, and political planes. The story begins in 1825 with an account of how the residents of antebellum cities created a democratic political culture out of multifarious differences. It quickly turns to the trials, failures, and reversals of the democratic experiment that characterized the 1850s and 1860s. When the Civil War ended in 1865, Ryan demonstrates, the people of these cities recast their differences as bolder division, especially those of race and gender, and sometimes class as well. In the end, Ryan reclaims this tumultuous urban history as the durable crucible of democracy. Through her graceful and powerful narrative of the fate of public life in the last century, she discovers the foundations of America's resilient democratic culture
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Ryan, Mary P
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Political participation
  • Political culture
  • Democracy
  • City and town life
  • United States
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
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Civic wars : democracy and public life in the American city during the nineteenth century, Mary P. Ryan
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-362) and index
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volume
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  • txt
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Contents
Introduction: From Public Realm to Civic Warfare -- pt. 1. Heterogeneous Compounds and Kaleidoscopic Varieties: Creating a Democratic Public, 1825-1849. Ch. 1. People's Places. Ch. 2. The Performance of People in Association. Ch. 3. Public Meetings and the "Principles of Pure Democracy" -- pt. 2. The Interregnum, 1850-1865. Ch. 4. Civil Wars in the Cities -- pt. 3. "The Huge Conglomerate Mass": Democracy Contained and Continued, 1866-1880. Ch. 5. The "Vague and Vast Harmony" of People in Space. Ch. 6. The People in Ceremony: Multiply, Divide, Explode, Transcend. Ch. 7. Publicity and Democratic Practice
Control code
34822523
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 376 pages
Isbn
9780520204416
Lccn
96025630
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Civic wars : democracy and public life in the American city during the nineteenth century, Mary P. Ryan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-362) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From Public Realm to Civic Warfare -- pt. 1. Heterogeneous Compounds and Kaleidoscopic Varieties: Creating a Democratic Public, 1825-1849. Ch. 1. People's Places. Ch. 2. The Performance of People in Association. Ch. 3. Public Meetings and the "Principles of Pure Democracy" -- pt. 2. The Interregnum, 1850-1865. Ch. 4. Civil Wars in the Cities -- pt. 3. "The Huge Conglomerate Mass": Democracy Contained and Continued, 1866-1880. Ch. 5. The "Vague and Vast Harmony" of People in Space. Ch. 6. The People in Ceremony: Multiply, Divide, Explode, Transcend. Ch. 7. Publicity and Democratic Practice
Control code
34822523
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 376 pages
Isbn
9780520204416
Lccn
96025630
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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