The wonderful online history journal Common-Place
is presenting a special issue entitled "Early Cities of the Americas."
Nineteen essays, each concerning a particular incident, person, place or encounter in the early life of a city, together provide a "worm's eye view" of what urban life was like in early postcolonial North and South America. Learn about vigilante justice and press sensationalism in 1856 San Francisco
, or about a day in the life of a peasant family in Lima
of the 1760s. Other essays concern the 17th-century "treasure city" of Havana
, searching for salvation as a slave in 1647 New Amsterdam (New York)
, and capital punishment in colonial Paramaribo
, Suriname. "Reading these essays cannot but help readers gain some historical perspective on the modern condition," especially as you see how many of the issues we associate with modern urban life (poverty, crime, bowling?
) are not exactly recent developments.
posted by arco
on Jul 15, 2003 -
An American Tragedy:
; no Havana Club
; not even a dram
of that lovely new rummy Glenfiddich
malt whisky! Although the embargo is still popular with the Jesse Helms crowd and certain Cuban immigrés
. Why does it go on? From the outside, it just looks like obstinate stupidity. What is it with the Democrats, especially? Are they still covering up for JFK's mistakes? He, at least, had a good stock
of Cuban cigars [well, Petit Uppmanns...
] with which to sit the crisis
out... What gives? What could possibly justify Americans missing out
on such a massive scale? If for the pleasure of a decent smoke or even proper mojito
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 9, 2003 -