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City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York (Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives)

 
 
 
 
City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York (Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives)
Author: David Henkin
ISBN 13: 9780231107457
ISBN 10: 231107455
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 1998-12-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $32.00
 
 

Henkin explores the influential but little-noticed role reading played in New York City's public life between 1825 and 1865. The "ubiquitous urban texts"—from newspapers to paper money, from street signs to handbills—became both indispensable urban guides and apt symbols for a new kind of public life that emerged first in New York.

Thorin Tritter

David Henkin has written an excellent book that draws attention to several important aspects of antebellum New York that are all too easy to overlook.