ElectricDreamland[Book: Lauren Rabinovitz – 2012 – 15x23cm – 240 Pages – Many B&W photos] Amusement parks were the playgrounds of the working class in the early 20th Century. During the rise of American parks (1896 to 1918), a simultaneous increase in cinema audiences was evident. Critics of the time often condemned parks and movies for inciting moral decline, yet they fostered women’s independence, racial uplift, and assimilation. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction – Artificial Distractions; Urban Wonderlands – “The Cracked Mirror” of Turn-of-the-Century Amusement Parks; Thrill Ride Cinema – Hale’s Tours and Scenes of the World; The Miniature and the Giant – Postcards and Early Cinema; Coney Island Comedies – Slapstick at the Amusement Park and the Movies; Conclusion – The Fusion of Movies and Amusement Parks; Appendix – Directory of Amusement Parks in the United States Prior to 1915; Notes; Films Cited; Selected Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.