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Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906 Hardcover – September 12, 2007
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"Forceful and entertaining....A deeply textured analysis of urban disorder and order, amusement and prejudice, locality and nation-making."
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"Describing urban and social transformations from the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake, Berglund's terrific cultural history of San Francisco provides a rich and decidedly non-triumphalist portrait of that West Coast city."--Stephen Pitti, author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California
"A great book and surprising history. Berglund finds the beginnings of the city's life in unexpected places--in the boarding houses, hotels, fairs, tourist shops, and restaurants where ordinary San Franciscans from all over the world met and mingled to create an American city."--Ann Fabian, author of The Unvarnished Truth: Personal Narratives in Nineteenth-Century America
"Berglund provides an inventive and engagingly written recounting of how San Francisco's polyglot residents constructed an American city in the course of their everyday interactions on the city's `cultural frontiers'--restaurants, hotels and boardinghouses, amusement halls, annual fairs, and expositions. Making San Francisco American is fully informed by cultural theory, thoroughly conversant with multidisciplinary urban studies scholarship, and prodigiously researched, and it sets a new standard for scholarship on the everyday construction of urban cultural power in the Pacific Coast Metropolis from the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake and fire."--William Issel, coauthor of San Francisco, 1865-1932: Politics, Power, and Urban Development
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My college adviser wrote this book so I, of course, love it. Are you reading this, Dr. Berglund? Seriously, it is good.Published on March 7, 2013 by littleknown
Making San Francisco American is destined to become a classic on the history of San Francisco, joining works by Chester Hartman and Gray Brechin. Highly recommended!Published on August 13, 2009 by Anonymous