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The postwar reconstruction of the urban public sphere

PHILIP J. ETHINGTON

in The Public City

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230019.003.0006
The postwar reconstruction of the urban public sphere

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This chapter examines the emergence of new structural features of the urban political public sphere in San Francisco, California in the immediate post-Civil War years. It highlights the entry of women into the public sphere and analyzes the attempt to shape the electorate through complex registration and election laws. The chapter also discusses the availability of new forums of mass communication to further restructure the possibilities of mobilization.

Keywords: political public sphere; San Francisco; California; post-Civil War; women; electorate; election laws; mass communication; mobilization

Chapter.  13872 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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