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During the first half of the twentieth century, Atlantic City was the nations most popular middle-class resort - the home of the famed Boardwalk, the Miss America Pageant, and the board game Monopoly. By the late 1960s, it had become a symbol of urba...

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ISBN
9780195167535
Publication date
Age range
18+ Years
Book language
GB
Pages
304
Format
PDF, CHM, DOC, FB2
Quality
High quality scanned pages
Dimensions
9.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Some brief overview of this book

During the first half of the twentieth century, Atlantic City was the nations most popular middle-class resort - the home of the famed Boardwalk, the Miss America Pageant, and the board game Monopoly. By the late 1960s, it had become a symbol of urban decay and blight, compared by journalists to bombed-out Dresden and war-torn Beirut. Several decades and a dozen casinos later, Atlantic City is again one of Americas most popular tourist spots, with thirty-five million visitors a year. Yet most stay for a mere six hours, and the highway has replaced the Boardwalk as the citys most important thoroughfare. Today the city doesnt have a single movie theater, and its one supermarket is a virtual fortress protected by metal detectors and security guards. In this book, Bryant Simon does far more than tell a nostalgic tale of Atlantic Citys rise, near death, and reincarnation. He turns the depiction of middle-class vacationers into a discussion of the boundaries of public space in urban America. In the past, he argues, the public was never really about democracy, but about exclusion. During Atlantic Citys heyday, African Americans were kept off the Boardwalk and away from the beaches. The overly boisterous or improperly dressed were kept out of theaters and hotel lobbies by uniformed ushers and police. The creation of Atlantic City as the Nations Playground was dependent on keeping undesirables out of view unless they were pushing tourists down the Boardwalk on rickshaw-like rolling chairs or shimmying in smoky nightclubs. Desegregation overturned this racial balance in the mid-1960s, making the citys public spaces more open and democratic, too open and democratic for many middle-class Americans, who fled to suburbs and suburban-style resorts like Disneyworld. With the opening of the first casino in 1978, the urban balance once again shifted, creating twelve separate, heavily guarded, glittering casino worlds walled off from the dilapidated houses, boarded

A few words about book's author

Bryant Simon has taught at the University of Georgia and is now Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948 and co-editor of Jumpin Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights. He grew up in southern New Jersey.

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