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Author Cocks, Catherine, 1967-

Title Doing the town : the rise of urban tourism in the United States, 1850-1915 / Catherine Cocks.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  338.479173 COCK MJ17    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 287 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Strangers and Visitors; Or, The Impossibility of Tourism in American Cities, 1830s-1870s 9 -- "Leisure Is the Parent of Mischief" 12 -- "Localities and Objects of Interest" 25 -- 2. Refining Travel: Railroads and Extra-Fare Cars, 1850-1915 41 -- "Vexations and Annoyances" 43 -- Democratic Luxury 52 -- 3. At Home in the City: First-Class Urban Hotels, 1850-1915 70 -- "The Tangible Republic" 72 -- Masters and Servants 88 -- 4. "Why Not Visit Chicago": Tour Companies and City Business Organizations, 1870-1915 106 -- "The Raw and the Cook'd" 109 -- Selling the City 125 -- 5. "An Individuality All Its Own": Tourist City and Tourist Citizens, 1876-1915 143 -- Urban Personality and the Tourist 145 -- Creating Urban Landscapes 156 -- 6. "The Noble Spectacle": Historical Walking Tours and Ethnic Slumming, 1890s-1915 174 -- "A Sweet and Stately Epic" 176 -- "A Panopticon of Peep Shows" 186.
Summary Tourists and Travelers in the early nineteenth century saw American cities as ugly spaces, lacking the art and history that attracted thousands to the great cities of Europe. By the turn of the century, however, city touring became popular in the United States, and the era saw the rise of elegant hotels, packaged tours, and train travel to cities for vacations that would entertain and edify. This fascinating cultural history, studded with vivid details bringing the experience of Victorian-era travel alive, explores the beginnings of urban tourism, and sets the phenomenon within a larger cultural transformation that encompassed fundamental changes in urban life and national identity.
Focusing mainly on New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Catherine Cocks describes what it was like to ride on Pullman cars, stay in the grand hotels, and take in the sights of the cities. Her evocative narrative draws on innovative readings of sources such as guidebooks, travel accounts, tourist magazines, and the journalism of the era. She uses this material to elaborate many interesting facets of urban popular culture and to show that the practice of urban tourism was an important element in the erosion of Victorian sensibilities.
As she explores the full cultural context in which city touring became popular, Cocks ties together many themes in urban and cultural history for the first time, such as the relationships among class, gender, leisure, and the uses and perceptions of urban space. Offering especially lively reading. Doing the Town provides a memorable journey into the experience of the new urban tourist at the same time it makes a sophisticated contribution to our understanding of the urban and cultural development of the United States.
Subject Tourism -- United States.
Cities and towns -- United States.
ISBN 0520227468 (alk. paper)