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City of Second Sight: Nineteenth-Century Boston and the Making of American Visual Culture

Justin T. Clark


In the decades before the U.S. Civil War, the city of Boston evolved from a dilapidated, haphazardly planned, and architecturally stagnant provincial town into a booming and visually impressive metropolis. In an effort to remake Boston into the "Athens of America," neighborhoods were leveled, streets straightened, and an ambitious set of architectural ordinances enacted. However, even as residents reveled in a vibrant new landscape of landmark buildings, art galleries, parks, and bustling streets, the social and sensory upheaval of city life also gave rise to a widespread fascination with the ... More

Keywords: City planning, History of Boston (Massachusetts), Visual culture, 19th-century United States, Transcendentalism, Spiritualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469638737
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin T. Clark, author
Nanyang Technological University