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In the Watches of the Night: Life in the Nocturnal City, 1820-1930 (Historical Studies of Urban America) Hardcover – 10 Feb 2012

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"Like an attentive nineteenth-century night watchman, Baldwin is ever alert to new behaviors fostered by the advent of night illumination in American cities. He explores changes in work routines, city amusements, and crime, and does not neglect the night scavengers collecting privy wastes and the farmers bringing their perishables to markets, activities improved by the preservative effects of cool night air. I found "In the Watches of the Night" an engrossing book."
--Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

""In the Watches of the Night" is a terrific book, engaging and truly informative, on a topic so interesting that one wonders why it had not been adequately explored already. Particularly impressive is the careful delineation of life beforehand, so change can really be assessed, and the range of groups and activities embraced in the analysis."
--Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University

"Few works of history can claim to alter the landscape of the past, but "In the Watches of the Night" deeply enriches our understanding of the American experience during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Extensively researched and crisply written, this splendid volume rescues a vibrant realm of urban life from the shadows of historical neglect."
--Roger Ekirch, Virginia Polytechnic University

"In the Watches of the Night" is a terrific book, engaging and truly informative, on a topic so interesting that one wonders why it had not been adequately explored already. Particularly impressive is the careful delineation of life beforehand, so change can really be assessed, and the range of groups and activities embraced in the analysis.
--Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University"

This study engages in a captivating cultural dialogue on how nineteenth-century urban Americans shaped the culture of night amidst technological changes ranging from gas lamps to incandescent lighting. --Megan Kendrick, California State University, Los Angeles "The Historian ""

Like an attentive nineteenth-century night watchman, Baldwin is ever alert to new behaviors fostered by the advent of night illumination in American cities. He explores changes in work routines, city amusements, and crime, and does not neglect the night scavengers collecting privy wastes and the farmers bringing their perishables to markets, activities improved by the preservative effects of cool night air. I found In the Watches of the Night an engrossing book.
--Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara"

In the Watches of the Night is a terrific book, engaging and truly informative, on a topic so interesting that one wonders why it had not been adequately explored already. Particularly impressive is the careful delineation of life beforehand, so change can really be assessed, and the range of groups and activities embraced in the analysis.
--Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University"

Few works of history can claim to alter the landscape of the past, but In the Watches of the Night deeply enriches our understanding of the American experience during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Extensively researched and crisply written, this splendid volume rescues a vibrant realm of urban life from the shadows of historical neglect.
--Roger Ekirch, Virginia Polytechnic University"

About the Author

Peter C. Baldwin is associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Domesticating the Street: The Reform of Public Space in Hartford, 1850-1930.

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