Signs of Change: Urban Iconographies in San Francisco, 1880-1915, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Signs of Change

Urban Iconographies in San Francisco, 1880-1915, 1st Edition

By Ron Robin


178 pages

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Originally published in 1990, Signs of Change assess the people of San Francisco according to their own demonstrative standards through the visual symbols. Special attention is devoted to the visual perceptions of immigrants, those whose senses were not smothered by over-familiarity or protracted compliance with American mores. Immigration history is often studied in the concentrate exclusively on narrow connections between newcomers and their urban surroundings. The city has served as a data-base for the study of specific immigrant communities; frequently it has provided mere background for cloistered studies of immigrant life.

Table of Contents



1. The Civic Image of the Forty-niner as "Para-History" of San Francisco

2. San Francisco Smelting Pot

3. San Francisco’s Jews and the Architecture of Symbolic Ethnicity

4. Ambivalent Heroes; Icons of Self-Image Among San Francisco’s Italians

5. Epilogue

6. Bibliographical Essay

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban History

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1983, draw together research by leading academics on William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine the historical, political and philosophical, whilst also exploring their work with other political figures such as Paul Kruger. This set will be of interest to students of history and politics respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General