The Park and the People: A History of Central Park by Roy RosenzweigThe Park and the People: A History of Central Park by Roy Rosenzweig

The Park and the People: A History of Central Park

byRoy Rosenzweig, Elizabeth Blackmar

Paperback | September 3, 1998

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This "exemplary social history" (Kirkus Reviews) is the first full-scale account of Central Park ever published. Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig tell the story of Central Park's people—the merchants and landowners who launched the project; the immigrant and African-American residents who were displaced by the park; the politicians, gentlemen, and artists who disputed its design and operation; the German gardeners, Irish laborers, and Yankee engineers who built it; and the generations of New Yorkers for whom Central Park was their only backyard. In tracing the park's history, Blackmar and Rosenzweig give us the history of New York, and bring to life larger issues about the meaning of the word "public" in a democratic society.

Title:The Park and the People: A History of Central ParkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.37 × 6.63 × 0.53 inPublished:September 3, 1998Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801497515

ISBN - 13:9780801497513

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By relating the stories of the people who made Central Park the legend it is today, Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig recount the story of the park itself. The Park and the People accounts for everyone from the merchants and landowners who conceived the idea to the minorities they displaced to build it, from the politicians, artists and gentlemen who battled its design and construction to the gardeners, laborers and engineers who ignored them and built it and the New Yorkers who grew to consider it their own backyard.

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"Prodigiously researched, eloquent. An outstanding study of the evolution of Manhattan's Central Park."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)