By Daniel Wolff
"Wonderfully evocative…a grand, unhappy tale of racism and genuine property, political hardball and seashore pleasure-seeking."―A.O. Scott, New York instances publication Review
When Bruce Springsteen known as his first album Greetings from Asbury Park, he brought a iteration of enthusiasts to a fallen seashore hotel city that got here to symbolize working-class American lifestyles. beginning with the town's founding as a non secular promised land, song journalist and poet Daniel Wolff plots a direction via Asbury Park's a hundred thirty years of entwined social and musical historical past, in a narrative that captures the entire attract and heartbreak of the yankee dream.
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Ocean Avenue, also known as the Golden Road, followed the boardwalk down through Long Branch past mansions and estates till it became Asbury's promenade. But periodically, the sea would simply take it back: the Long Branch stretch had to be rebuilt three times before 1862. And Long Branch's spectacular eight-hundred-foot-long iron pier, completed in 1879, was washed away just a few years later. But the sea, Bradley reasoned, could be controlled. Sin was another matter. As an 1880s editorial in the Asbury Park Journal put it, while "the history of the town has been one of unexampled prosperity throughout the long years since 1869 .
No. " Asbury went on to organize the first American Methodist Conference. He spoke not only in churches but in pioneer cabins, in prisons, town halls, and anywhere else people would listen. It worked. There were less than five thousand Methodists in the colonies at the time of the Revolutionary War. " While New York City was a British stronghold, mostly Church of England, New Jersey was far more open to the new sect and its emotional revivals. Asbury, ordained a bishop by John Wesley, presided over what were called Love Feasts.
Though Bradley had come to the shore for his health— and though the Gilded Age considered salt water a restorative, and though Bradley had bought oceanfront lots and was about to buy a whole town site on the shore— the idea of actually getting into the Atlantic swells had, until this moment, proved too much. When Bradley suggests the idea, Baker smiles at his boss, then politely declines. Jump into that pounding, roaring blue-black that came crashing against the empty shore? No, thank you. " In the darkness, with the foam shining at each hissing crest, the white man strips down.
4th of July, Asbury Park. A History of the Promised Land by Daniel Wolff