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In the Watches of the Night: Life in the Nocturnal City, 1820-1930

Peter C. Baldwin


Before skyscrapers and streetlights glowed at all hours, American cities fell into inky blackness with each setting of the sun. But over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, new technologies began to light up streets, sidewalks, buildings, and public spaces. This book depicts the changing experience of the urban night over this period, visiting a host of actors—scavengers, newsboys, and mashers alike—in the nocturnal city. The author examines work, crime, transportation, and leisure as he moves through the gaslight era, exploring the spread of modern police forces and the ... More

Keywords: scavengers, newsboys, mashers, work, crime, transportation, leisure, american cities, gaslight era, late-night entertainment, social patterns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226036021
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter C. Baldwin, author