4th of July, Asbury Park. A History of the Promised Land by Daniel Wolff

By Daniel Wolff

"Wonderfully evocative…a grand, unhappy tale of racism and actual property, political hardball and seashore pleasure-seeking."―A.O. Scott, New York occasions booklet Review

When Bruce Springsteen known as his first album Greetings from Asbury Park, he brought a iteration of lovers to a fallen seashore inn city that got here to symbolize working-class American existence. beginning with the town's founding as a non secular promised land, track journalist and poet Daniel Wolff plots a direction via Asbury Park's a hundred thirty years of entwined social and musical heritage, in a narrative that captures all of the attract and heartbreak of the yank dream.

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People mobbed the place, packing the beaches, the summer population of the area estimated at two hundred thousand. Bradley had been a key promoter and developer. And yet . . and yet . . " Since the day Bradley had bushwhacked north from Wesley Lake, his acres of briar and sand had grown into a resort worth $2 million. The city of Asbury Park featured two hundred hotels and boardinghouses that offered some eleven thousand rooms: more than double Long Branch's capacity and three thousand more than Atlantic City.

Daniel Defoe had described his 1719 novel as a story of the "religious application of events . . " Bradley saw himself on a similar mission. He was a noble pilgrim (deliberately) shipwrecked on the New Jersey shore, creating out of wilderness a brand-new life based on born-again Christian principles. Which left Baker, his "faithful old colored servant," in the role of Friday. There's no record of how Friday felt about this job description. John Baker had been a slave in Virginia at the start of the Civil War.

How the principles of capitalism were rooted in the Mob. " The specifics are the story, and Asbury Park is a unique place. But this isn't just a local history. The brand of Northern racism that characterizes Asbury Park is only exceptional to the degree that it was publicly debated and held up as a national example. Other characteristics that seemed to set the nineteenth-century resort town apart became, in the twentieth century, commonplace. Asbury pursued the trickle-down theory of economics before the name had been invented.

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