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The Public CityThe Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900$
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Philip Ethington

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230019

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230019.001.0001

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Introduction The public city: American political culture in nineteenth-century San Francisco

Introduction The public city: American political culture in nineteenth-century San Francisco

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(p.1) Introduction The public city: American political culture in nineteenth-century San Francisco
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The Public City
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PHILIP J. ETHINGTON

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230019.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the changing relationship between state and society in the U.S.A., particularly the political construction of urban life in San Francisco, California during the period from 1850 to 1900. This book argues that American political development cannot be reduced to, or explained by, historical changes in civil society. It also attempts to reconstruct the normal operation of urban political culture in San Francisco in order to find the general patterns not only for that city but for other major American cities as well.

Keywords:   state and society, U.S.A., urban life, San Francisco, California, political development, civil society, urban political culture

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