The Histories


Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century by John F. Kasson uses the amusement park at Coney Island as a case study for a transformative period in American history when new economic and social conditions were leading to a new “mass culture.” It was this new culture, composed of both upper and lower classes, native-born and immigrants alike, which stood in “growing revolt against the genteel standards of taste and conduct” that were the norm of turn-of-the-century America.