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Author McFarland, Gerald W., 1938-

Title Inside Greenwich Village : a New York City neighborhood, 1898-1918 / Gerald W. McFarland
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2001]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 272 pages :) : illustrations, maps
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Machine generated contents note: INTRODUCTION The Latter Days of the Sixth Village -- CHAPTER ONE Neighbors and Strangers 8 -- The Heart of Litde Africa I I -- An Immigrant Church 25 -- The Green in Greenwich 36 -- CHAPTER TWO For Their Mutual Benefit 49 -- West Side Branch 50 -- Greenwich House 58 -- CHAPTER THREE The Patrician Response 77 -- The North Villagers 78 -- Ascension Forum 95 -- The Washington Square Association o05 -- vii -- CHAPTER FOUR Allies IIb -- The A Clubbers 120 -- The Greenwich House Circle 129 -- Cross-Class Alliances, 1907-I 9 II 38 -- CHAPTER FIVE Value Conflicts I5I -- The Improper Villagers I52 -- Village Artists at Work and Play I69 -- CHAPTER SIX Becoming Bohemia I89 -- The Seventh Villagers 19I -- The Neighborhood, 191 3-1918 210 -- NOTES 227 -- BIBLIOGRAPHY 247 -- INDEX 259
Summary A vibrant portrait of a celebrated urban enclave at the turn of the twentieth century In the popular imagination, New York City's Greenwich Village has long been known as a center of bohemianism, home to avant-garde artists, political radicals, and other nonconformists who challenged the reigning orthodoxies of their time. Yet a century ago the Village was a much different kind of place: a mixed-class, multiethnic neighborhood teeming with the energy and social tensions of a rapidly changing America, Gerald W. McFarland reconstructs this world with vivid descriptions of the major groups that resided within its boundaries - the Italian immigrants and African Americans to the south, the Irish Americans to the west, the well-to-do Protestants to the north, and the New York University students, middle-class professionals, and artists and writers who lived in apartment buildings and boarding houses on or near Washington Square. McFarland examines how these Villagers, so divided along class and ethnic lines, interacted with one another.; He shows how clashing expectations about what constituted proper behavior in the neighborhood's public spaces - especially streets, parks, and saloons - often led to intergroup conflict, political rivalries, and campaigns by the more privileged Villagers to impose middle-class mores on their working-class neighbors. Occasionally, however, a crisis or common problem led residents to overlook their differences and cooperate across class and ethnic lines. Throughout the book, McFarland connects the evolution of Village life to the profound transformations taking place in American society at large during the same years
Analysis "Multi-User"
Notes "Multi-User"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-258) and index
Issuing Body Made available online by Project Muse
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Minorities -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Social classes -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- Ethnic relations.
Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
New York (N.Y.) -- Ethnic relations.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Dictionaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse.
LC no. 00054393
ISBN 1613761295 electronic bk
9781613761298 electronic bk
(alk. paper)