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Beauty in the City


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. And Like That . . . They're Gone

2. Top and Bottom

3. Vision from an Ashcan

4. The Ashcan Artists

5. The Art Scene

6. Moving On

7. The City as Art

8. People of the City

9. Life in the Ashcan City

10. The Ashcan School and Its Critics


About the Author

Robert A. Slayton is Henry Salvatori Professor of American Values and Traditions at Chapman University. He is the author of several books, including Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith.


"A delight for the eyes, a treat for city lovers, and a fine example of how historians can use art, Beauty in the City will enrich such fields as urban history, art history, the history of New York City, and America in the twentieth century. Robert Slayton has identified a group of artists who saw in the gritty details of city life real beauty and social meaning." - Hasia R. Diner, author of Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way "A century ago, the Ashcan painters created an art that was of, by, and for urban Americans-in all their exhilarating pluralism. Robert Slayton analyzes and celebrates their accomplishment in a work that combines brilliant scholarship and a profound passion for his subject. To his great credit, he reveals 'the beauty already there.'" - Michael Kazin, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 "With great narrative skill and finely drawn characters, Robert Slayton paints a vivid picture of New York and the art world in the early twentieth century. He reminds us that these artists and the city they inhabited continue to influence our perspective-about class, about gender, about race-a century later. This book is a wonderful, vibrant look at a forgotten part of our history." - Terry Golway, author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

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