Public Markets and Civic Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Helen TangiresISBN: 0801871336; 9780801871337;
Book Description In Public Markets and Civic Culture in Nineteenth-Century America Helen Tangires examines the role of the public marketplace -- social and architectural -- as a key site in the development of civic culture in America. More thansimply places for buying and selling food, Tangires explains, municipally owned and operated markets were the common ground where citizens and government struggled to define the shared values of the community. Public markets were vital to civic policy and reflected the profound belief in the moral economy -- the effort on the part of the municipality to maintain the social and political health of its community by regulating the ethics of trade in the urban marketplace for food. Tangires begins with the social, architectural, and regulatory components of the public market in the early republic, when cities embraced this ancient system of urban food distribution. By midcentury, the legalization of butcher shops in New York City...