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Tourism -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Resorts -- East (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Newport (R.I.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
First resorts : purs...
First resorts : pursuing pleasure at Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island / Jon Sterngass.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
ix, 374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -358) and index.
"In First Resorts: Pursuing Pleasure at Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island, Jon Sterngass follows three of the best-known northeastern American resorts across a century of change. Saratoga Springs, Newport, and Coney Island began, he finds, as similar pleasure destinations, each of them featuring "grand" hotels where visitors swarmed public spaces such as verandas, dining rooms, and parlors. As the century progressed, however, Saratoga remained much the same, while Newport turned to private (and lavish) "cottages" and Coney Island shifted its focus to amusements for the masses." "Fifty-nine illustrations enliven Sterngass's unique study of the commodification of pleasure that occurred as capitalist values flourished, travel grew more accessible, and leisure time became democratized. These three resorts, he argues, served as forerunners of twentieth-century pleasure cities such as Aspen, Las Vegas, and Orlando."--BOOK JACKET.
Transforming resorts -- The creation of Saratoga Springs: taking the city with us -- The revival of Newport: the pilgrimage of fashion -- The rise of Coney Island: strangers in the land of the perpetual fete -- The public resort: to see and be seen -- The commercialization of Saratoga Springs: racetracks, casinos, and souvenirs -- The privitization of Newport: "coarseness and vulgarity are never seen here" -- "That was Coney as we loved it, and as the hand of Satan was upon it" -- The pursuit of privacy, profit, and pleasure.
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