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Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860

Gergely Baics


New York City witnessed unparalleled growth in the first half of the nineteenth century, its population rising from thirty thousand people to nearly a million in a matter of decades. This book looks at how America's first metropolis grappled with the challenge of provisioning its inhabitants. It tells the story of how access to food, once a public good, became a private matter left to free and unregulated markets—and of the profound consequences this had for American living standards and urban development. Taking readers from the early republic to the Civil War, the book explores the changing ... More

Keywords: New York City, food access, American living standards, urban development, urban governance, market forces, built environment, free-market system, food supply, American city

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691168791
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691168791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gergely Baics, author
Barnard College, Columbia University