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Night Life in the Electric City

Night Life in the Electric City

Chapter:
(p.155) Chapter 9 Night Life in the Electric City
Source:
In the Watches of the Night
Author(s):
Peter C. Baldwin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036038.003.0009

This chapter examines night life in American cities after the electrification in the 1920s. It explains that after electrification nighttime entertainment was still concentrated in the most brilliantly illuminated streets but they drew a different type of crowd: younger, more open to working-class participation, and not quite so heavily male. It also discusses how electricity enabled economic expansion to take place during hours of darkness as it encouraged night work in factories and night travel on trolleys.

Keywords:   night life, electrification, nighttime entertainment, economic expansion, night work, night travel

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