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Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906 Hardcover – September 12, 2007

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"A rich and decidedly non-triumphalist portrait."

"Forceful and entertaining....A deeply textured analysis of urban disorder and order, amusement and prejudice, locality and nation-making."

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"Berglund's accomplishment with Making San Francisco American goes well beyond a forceful and entertaining narrative of late nineteenth-century San Francisco. It is a deeply textured analysis of urban disorder and order, amusement and prejudice, locality and nation-making. While other authors have treated San Francisco's social and cultural categories in the abstract, Berglund's book sets these forces in motion and shows their embodiment in real lives and venues. This book is at once about a city and a nation--both entities in the throes of forming imperial identities."--David Igler, author of Industrial Cowboys: Miller & Lux and the Transformation of the Far West, 1850-1920

"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (September 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070061530X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615308
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynn Downey on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just when you thought there was nothing new to be said about 19th and early 20th century San Francisco, along comes Barbara Berglund with this splendid and readable book. By examining how the city's social elites turned the cultural stew of the Gold Rush years into a stratified society more in keeping with national norms, Berglund changes the way we think about San Francisco and the stereotypes that still color its character. Using places of amusement, hotels, restaurants and other "cultural frontiers" as her guide, Berglund takes us on a fascinating ride through San Francisco history and brings us to the present with a greater understanding of one of the pivotal cities of the American West.
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At last, a new interpretation of the San Francisco history we all know and love! It was refreshing to see Ms. Berglund explain how the masculine, multi-cultural frontier town evolved into an American City. We often read about the dominant personages and the gold rush phenomenon, but this book looks at the every day activities of the boarding houses and restaurants, the fairs and amusements and explains how race, class and gender figured into our culture. Brava!
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Barbara Berglund's wonderful new book let's us see the kind of people who made San Francisco fun, as well as fascinating. She takes the standard histories of the City by the Bay, turns them upside down and gives us a way to look at San Francisco that has never been done before. An important book for any bookshelf devoted to the city's history.
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We all know (well, most of us) what today's city by the bay looks like and even feels like. For the story on how San Francisco got this way -- and you should want to know this, too -- you must read this wonderfully researched report. From brothels to museums, it's all here. And barely a century old!
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