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Author Hardwick, Susan Wiley.

Title Mythic Galveston : reinventing America's third coast / Susan Wiley Hardwick.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  976.4139 HARD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 175 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Creating the North American landscape.
Creating the North American landscape.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page) and index.
Contents Chapter 2 Early Visitors and Settlers 15 -- Chapter 3 Birth of a Global City 28 -- Chapter 4 Rise of the Elite 59 -- Chapter 5 After the Storm: Reinventing an Island Environment 92 -- Chapter 6 End of Immigration: The Galveston Movement 119 -- Chapter 7 Reinvention of People and Place 138.
Summary Despite its appeal as a natural harbor, Galveston, Texas, is located on a small Gulf Coast barrier island that makes it ill-suited for dense urban development. Nonetheless, early American and European settlers envisioned the site as a place with tremendous economic potential, appropriate for urban expansion. In Mythic Galveston: Reinventing America's Third Coast, Susan Wiley Hardwick examines Galveston's rapid rise and the myth created by immigrants and boosters of an abundant island with a highly temperate, even tropical, climate, ideal for settlement. Hardwick's historical analysis focuses on immigrant settlement patterns and the important contributions to Galveston's evolving sense of place made by diverse ethnic and racial groups.
As the Ellis Island of the third coast, Galveston served as a major gateway for immigrants heading for the Great Plains, the West, and other parts of North America during the latter part of the nineteenth century and into the early part of the twentieth century. Galveston's reputation as an ethnically diverse and cosmopolitan city fostered a myth of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic harmony. Although such harmony was largely illusory, Hardwick argues that Galveston was a truly global city from the earliest days of settlement, giving it a social ambience distinct from that of the mainland. Mythic Galveston vividly illustrates how a place especially vulnerable to the forces of nature has grown into a culturally vibrant city within America's third coast.
Subject Human geography -- Texas -- Galveston.
Regionalism -- Texas -- History.
Galveston (Tex.) -- History.
Galveston (Tex.) -- Social conditions.
Galveston (Tex.) -- Ethnic relations.
ISBN 0801868874 (hardcover : alk. paper)