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Description - Provincetown by Karen Christel Krahulik

How did a sleepy New England fishing village become a gay mecca? In this dynamic history, Karen Christel Krahulik explains why Provincetown, Massachusetts--alternately known as "Land's End," "Cape-tip," "Cape-end," and, to some, "Queersville, U.S.A"--has meant many things to many people. Provincetown tells the story of this beguiling coastal town, from its early history as a mid-nineteenth century colonial village to its current stature as a bustling gay tourist destination. It details the many cultures and groups--Yankee artists, Portuguese fishermen, tourists--that have comprised and influenced Provincetown, and explains how all of them, in conjunction with larger economic and political forces, come together to create a gay and lesbian mecca. Through personal stories and historical accounts, Provincetown reveals the fascinating features that have made Provincetown such a textured and colorful destination: its fame as the landfall of the Mayflower Pilgrims, charm as an eccentric artists'colony, and allure as a Dionysian playground. It also hints at one of Provincetown's most dramatic economic changes: its turn from fishing village to resort town. From a history of fishing economies to a history of tourism, Provincetown, in the end, is as eclectic and vibrant as the city itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814747629
ISBN-10: 0814747620
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Karen Christel Krahulik

Karen Christel Krahulik is an Associate Dean of the College at Brown University.