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In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City's Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis By Clifton Hood,

  • Title: In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City's Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis
  • Author: Clifton Hood
  • ISBN: 9780231172165
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a history that extends from the 1750s to the present, Clifton Hood recounts upper class New Yorkers struggle to create a distinct world guarded against outsiders, even as economic growth and democratic opportunity enabled aspirants to gain entrance Despite their efforts, New York City s upper class has been drawn into the larger story of the city both through class coIn a history that extends from the 1750s to the present, Clifton Hood recounts upper class New Yorkers struggle to create a distinct world guarded against outsiders, even as economic growth and democratic opportunity enabled aspirants to gain entrance Despite their efforts, New York City s upper class has been drawn into the larger story of the city both through class conflict and through their role in building New York s cultural and economic foundations In Pursuit of Privilege describes the famous and infamous characters and events at the center of this extraordinary history, from the elite families and wealthy tycoons of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the Wall Street executives of today From the start, upper class New Yorkers have been open and aggressive in their behavior, keen on attaining prestige, power, and wealth Hood sharpens this characterization by merging a history of the New York economy in the eighteenth century with the story of Wall Street s emergence as an international financial center in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as the dominance of New York s financial and service sectors in the 1980s Bringing together several decades of upheaval and change, Hood shows that New York s upper class did not rise exclusively from the Gilded Age but rather from a relentless pursuit of privilege, affecting not just the urban elite but the city s entire cultural, economic, and political fabric.
    In Pursuit of Privilege A History of New York City s Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis In a history that extends from the s to the present Clifton Hood recounts upper class New Yorkers struggle to create a distinct world guarded against outsiders even as economic growth and democr

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    1. Book received from NetGalley.Freebie challenge for Emojiathon.This was a very interesting book on the upper class in New York, particularly New York City from the late 1700 s to present day It gives the history of what they did to make New York the metropolis it is and how they brought new business opportunities and jobs to the state It also gives you an idea of just how far off they are from the average working joes, and the lack of understanding they have about how the working class lives I re [...]

    2. In Pursuit of Privilege is a collection of essays about the New York City upper class covering 1750 to modern times The author focused on seven time periods where major events created changes in the upper class, though he also talked about what happened between those times Those time periods were 1750s 1760s changed by the 7 Years War , 1780s 1790s by the Revolutionary War , 1820s by major growth in NYC , 1860s by the Civil War , 1880s 1890s Gilded Age , 1940s by WWII , and 1970s by a financial [...]

    3. In Pursuit of Privilege by Clifton Hood is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid October.In Pursuit of Privilege is laid out like a kind of Hood on Hood where he undergoes a literature review of essays that he himself wrote about the upper class citizens of New York by way of success in transport, trade, politics, banking, and land ownership between 1750 to the present day It s a odd, oil and water blend of ideas that sort of works three quarters of the time.

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