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

Clifton Hood


A history that extends from the 1750s to the present, In Pursuit of Privilege 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 ... More

Keywords: Upper class, Elites, corporate elites, New York City, Manhattan, Wealth, elite suburbs, urban economic growth, Wall Street, corporate headquarters, Gilded Age, social tensions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172165
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clifton Hood, author
Hobart and William Smith Colleges