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Stages and Streets: Space, Race, and Gender in the Experience of Modernity in New York and San Francisco Nightlife, 1890–1930

Abstract This dissertation examines the history of urban nightlife in New York City and San Francisco from 1890 to 1930 and charts the manifestation of modernity within these cities. While some urbanites tepidly embraced this new modern world, others resisted. Chafing at this seemingly unmoored world, some Americans fretted about one of the most visible effects of modernity on the city—the encroachment of sex onto the street and in commercial amusements—and sought to wield the power of the state to suppress it. Even those Americans who reveled in the new modern world grappled with what this shifting culture ultimately meant for their lives, seeking familiarity where they could find it. Thus, this dissertation details how both Americans who embraced ... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Hoodenpyle, Morgan (Author) / Gullett, Gayle (Advisor) / Gray, Susan (Committee member) / Thompson, Victoria (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / American history / Gender studies
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 223 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation History 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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