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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

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This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how the good life in America came to be equated with the a home of one's own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace. Integrating social history with economic and architectural
analysis, and taking into account such factors as the availability of cheap land, inexpensive building methods, and rapid transportation, Kenneth Jackson chronicles the phenomenal growth of the American suburb from the middle of the 19th century to the present day. He treats communities in every
section of the U.S. and compares American residential patterns with those of Japan and Europe. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: that the future of residential deconcentration will be very different from its past in both the U.S. and Europe.

Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author of The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930; Cities in American History; and a number of other books.

ISBN: 9780195049831

ISBN-10: 9780195049831

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Publication Date: 04/16/1987 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/16/1987 - 12:00am

Pages: 432

Language: English


United States - 20th Century

Sociology - Urban

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