Hotel: an American history

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Yale University Press,
Pub. Date:
c2007.
Language:
English
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When George Washington embarked on his presidential tours of 178991, the rudimentary inns and taverns of the day suddenly seemed dismally inadequate. But within a decade, Americans had built the first hotelslarge and elegant structures that boasted private bedchambers and grand public ballrooms. This book recounts the enthralling history of the hotel in Americaa saga in which politicians and prostitutes, tourists and tramps, conventioneers and confidence men, celebrities and salesmen all rub elbows. Hotel explores why the hotel was invented, how its architecture developed, and the many ways it influenced the course of United States history. The volume also presents a beautiful collection of more than 120 illustrations, many in full color, of hotel life in every era.

Hotel explores these topics and more:

· What it was like to sleep, eat, and socialize at a hotel in the mid-1800s

· How hotelkeepers dealt with the illicit activities of adulterers, thieves, and violent guests

· The stories behind America’s greatest hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria, the Plaza, the Willard, the Blackstone, and the Fairmont

· Why Confederate spies plotted to burn down thirteen hotels in New York City during the Civil War

· How the development of steamboats and locomotives helped create a nationwide network of hotels

· How hotels became architectural models for apartment buildings

· The pivotal role of hotels in the civil rights movement

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9780300106169
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table_of_contents Pt. I. Buildings and systems. 1. A public house for a new republic: inventing the American hotel, 1789-1815 -- 2. Palaces of the public: the American hotel comes of age, 1815-1840 -- 3. The hotel system: assembling a transcontinental accommodation network, 1840-1876 -- 4. Imperial hotels and hotel empires: tourism, expansion, standardization, and the beginning of the end of a hotel age, 1876-1908 -- pt. II. Hospitality. 5. The house of strangers: the transformation of hospitality and the everyday life of the hotel -- 6. The law of hospitality: the common law of innkeepers and the public space of the hotel -- 7. Unruly guests and anxious hosts: sex, theft, and violence at the hotel -- pt. III. A nation of hosts and guests. 8. American forum: hotels and civil society -- 9. Homes for a world of strangers: house, hotel, apartment building -- 10. Accommodating Jim Crow: the law of hospitality and the struggle for civil rights.
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