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Introduction

  • Naomi J. Stubbs
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Abstract

Now largely forgotten, pleasure gardens were once popular and pervasive sites in the nineteenth century. Perhaps better known through the British venues of Vauxhall and Ranelagh, these privately owned entertainment venues were also found in nearly every city in ninteenth-century America, providing a mixed clientele with a host of entertainments, ranging from vocal concerts and refreshments, to firework displays, Fourth of July celebrations, and dramatic interludes. The patrons of these venues, the policies enforced by the proprietors, and the various activities occurring within these sites present a wealth of opportunities for exploring the performance of American identities through popular entertainments. Like the theatres, museums, and circuses with which they had close connections, these sites contributed to the discussion of what it meant to be American in the period following the Revolution.1

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National Identity American Site Amusement Park Entertainment Venue Broad Street 
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