The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls

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Between The Lines, 1999 - History - 290 pages
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A lively and wide-ranging work on the history of the North American honeymoon, and, of necessity, the tourist industry at Niagara Falls. Dubinsky charts the growth of Niagara Falls as a tourist destination from the 1850s to the 1960s and explains how it acquired its reputation as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World." Ultimately, the author asks: Of all the ways to promote a waterfall, why honeymoons? Winner of the 2000 Albert B. Corey prize from the Canadian Historical Association and the American Historical Association for the best book in Canadian-American history.

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This is an amazing book and one of the most enjoyable, interesting, and challenging cultural histories of Canada produced in recent years. A must for Canadian history students specializing in gender, space, commemoration, and leisure, but also a fun, compelling study for readers outside of university who are interested in the strange, compelling, and changing history of one of Canada's most widely-recognized natural attractions. Highly recommended.  


Introduction Practising Heterosexuality at Niagara Falls
The Pleasure Is Exquisite but Violent The Imaginary Geography of the Nineteenth Century
Local Colour in the Contact Zone The Spectacle of Race
The Peoples Niagara at the Turn of the Century
Boom and Bust in the 1920s and 1930s
A Laboratory for the Study of Young Love Honeymoons and Travel to World War II
HonkyTonk City Niagara and the Postwar Travel Boom
Heterosexuality Goes Public The Postwar Honeymoon
Conclusion The Sublime Becomes Ridiculous
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Karen Dubinsky is a professor of history at Queen's University in Kingston.

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