Suburb Reader

ISBN-10: 0415945941

ISBN-13: 9780415945943

Edition: 2007

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Since the 1920s, the United States has seen a dramatic reversal in living patterns, with a majority of Americans now residing in suburbs. This mass emigration from cities is one of the most fundamental social and geographical transformations in recent U.S. history. Suburbanization has not only produced a distinct physical environment-it has become a major defining force in the construction of twentieth-century American culture. Employing over 200 primary sources, illustrations, and critical essays, The Suburb Reader documents the rise of North American suburbanization from the 1700s through the present day. Through thematically organized chapters it explores multiple facets of suburbia's creation and addresses its indelible impact on the shaping of gender and family ideologies, politics, race relations, technology, design, and public policy. Becky Nicolaides' and Andrew Wiese's concise commentaries introduce the selections and contextualize the major themes of each chapter. Distinctive in itsintegration of multiple perspectives on the evolution of the suburban landscape,The Suburb Readerpays particular attention to the long, complex experiences of African Americans, immigrants, and working people in suburbia. Encompassing an impressive breadth of chronology and themes, The Suburb Reader is a landmark collection of the best works on the rise of this modern social phenomenon.
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List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Becky M. Nicolaides is a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.

List of Figures
The Emergence of Suburbia, 1750-1940
The Transnational Origins of the Elite Suburb
Ralph Waldo Emerson yyExpresses a Romantic Vision of Nature, 1836
A Suburban Perspective on New York City, 1854
British Horticulturalist J. C. Loudon Lays the Foundation for a Suburban Ideal, 1838
American Horticulturalist Andrew Jackson Downing Details the Virtues and Design of Country Living, 1850
A. J. Davis Presents A Promotional Plan for Llewellyn Park, New Jersey, 1857
Photo Gallery: Llewellyn Park, New Jersey, 1978
An Early "Advertisement" for Riverside, Illinois, 1869
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985)
Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (1987)
"Colonial Suburbs in South Asia, 1700-1850 and the Spaces of Modernity" (1997)
Family and Gender in the Making of Suburbia
Catharine Beecher Outlines the Proper Role for Women, 1865
Catharine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe depict "A Christian House," 1869
Design and Floor Plan of a Suburban Cottage Home, 1887
A Doctor Explains the Virtues of Suburbia for Children, 1910
An Experienced Suburbanite Counsels Young Women about the Problems of Suburbia, 1909
Harriet Beecher Stowe Exhorts Men to Be "Handy," 1869
A Suburban Couple Finds Delight in the Challenge of a Leaky Roof, 1925
Another Take on the Joys of Home Improvement, 1910
"The American Home, Safeguard of American Liberties," 1893
Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America (1988)
"Suburban Men and Masculine Domesticity, 1870-1915" (1988)
Technology and Decentralization
A Steam Ferry in New York Harbor, 1840
Harper's Magazine Recounts "The Doleful History of the Omnibus Horse," 1860
Horse-Drawn Streetcar, Grand Junction, Colorado, 1887
Oakland Daily Evening Tribune Celebrates the Work of "Our Street Railroads," 1876
Electric Trolley North of Denver, Circa 1910s
Automobile and Man in Deep Snow as Trolley Car Passes, Chicago, 1929
Architectural Pattern Book Introduces the Latest Domestic Technologies, 1887
Suburban Men and Furnace, 1896
Advertisement for Eden Washing Machine, 1923
Frederick Coburn Foresees a "Five-Hundred-Mile City," 1906
Automotive Writer Herbert Towle Explains the Success of the Automobile, 1913
The First Suburbs: Residential Communities on the Boston Periphery, 1815-1860 (1985)
Moralism and the Model Home: Domestic Architecture and Cultural Conflict in Chicago, 1873-1913 (1980)
Economic and Class Diversity on the Early Suburban Fringe
Ernest Burgess Outlines the Chicago School's "Concentric Zone Theory," 1929
William Dean Howells Describes a Walk about His Suburban Neighborhood, 1872
Photo Gallery: Social Diversity in Nineteenth-Century Suburbia
Reformer Graham Taylor Documents Early Industrial Suburbs, 1915
Harlan Paul Douglass Surveys Multiple Suburban Types, 1925
Photo Gallery: Varied Suburban Landscapes
Business Week Reports on the Proliferation of Suburban Department Stores, 1930
Photo Gallery: Early Suburban Shopping Centers
"Capitalist Development and the History of American Cities" (1978)
"The Geography of North American Cities and Suburbs, 1900-1950: A New Synthesis," (2001)
The Politics of Early Suburbia
Social Scientist Adna Weber Documents the Trend of Suburban Annexations, 1898
A Detroit Suburb Resists Annexation, 1922
Political Scientist Thomas Reed Calls for Consolidated Metropolitan Government, 1933
Political Consensus: Election Reports from Two Los Angeles Suburbs, 1910
Political Acrimony: The Case of South Gate, a Suburb of Los Angeles, 1925
The Municipalities of Los Angeles County, 1940
Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis (1988)
Post-Suburbia: Government and Politics in the Edge Cities (1997)
Imagining Suburbia: Visions and Plans from the Turn of the Century
Ebenezer Howard's Garden Cities of To-Morrow, 1902
Housing Reformer Carol Aronovici Calls for Suburban Planning, 1914
A Planned Industrial Suburb: Firestone Park, Ohio, 1919
Suburban Life Profiles Kenilworth, an Exclusive Suburb of Chicago, 1907
Sears, Roebuck and Co. Advertises Suburban Home Ownership, 1926
Architect Clarence Stein Assesses the Planning for Radburn, New Jersey, 1957
Frank Lloyd Wright Imagines "Broadacre City," 1935
Building the Workingman's Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns (1995)
"'God's Very Kingdom on the Earth': The Design Program for the American Suburban Home, 1877-1917" (1991)
The Other Suburbanites: Class, Racial, and Ethnic Diversity in Early Suburbia
Developer S. E. Gross Compares European and American Homes, 1890
S. E. Gross Advertises "The Working Man's Reward," 1891
Two Progressive Reformers Critique Working-Class Home Ownership, 1912
Margaret Byington Profiles the Industrial Suburb of Homestead, Pennsylvania, 1910
The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Sells Suburbia to Industrialists, 1927
Mary Helen Ponce Recollects Life in a Mexican-American Suburb, 1993
Hank Aaron Recalls a Childhood in Toulminville, Alabama, 1991
Photo Gallery: Working-Class Suburbia
My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965 (2002)
Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (2004)
The Tools of Exclusion: From Local Initiatives to Federal Policy
Suburbanite Frederick Lewis Allen Shares His "Suburban Nightmare," 1925
J. C. Nichols Makes the Case for Suburban Planning, 1923
Restrictive Deed, East San Diego, California, 1911
A Suburbanite Defends Racial Exclusion in Court, 1933
Weimer and Hoyt Outline the Principles of Urban Real Estate, 1939
White House Panel of Experts Depicts the Ideal Home, 1932
Home Owners Loan Corporation Appraises Los Angeles, 1939
The Rise of the Community Builders: The American Real Estate Industry and Urban Land Planning (1987)
"Race, Ethnicity and Real Estate Appraisal: The Home Owners Loan Corporation and the Federal Housing Administration" (1980)
Postwar Suburbia, 1940-1970
Postwar America: Suburban Apotheosis
Kelvinator Advertises the Dream of a Suburban Home, 1944
Hundreds Line up to Buy a Levittown Home, 1949
Photo Gallery: Advertisements for Postwar Suburbs
Photo Gallery: Postwar Suburbia
A Levittown Housewife Describes How She Keeps House, 1949
A Day in the Life of a Suburban Carpool Mother, 1955
D. J. Waldie Recollects Life on the Grid, 1996
"Building the American Way: Public Subsidy, Private Space" (2004)
The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2001)
Expanding the American Dream (1993)
Critiques of Postwar Suburbia
Folksinger Malvina Reynolds Critiques Suburbia in Song, 1962
William Whyte Describes the "Organization Man" in Suburbia, 1956
The Commuters of Park Forest, Illinois, 1953
Lewis Mumford Points to the Failures of Modern Suburbia, 1961
The Feminine Mystique, 1963
The Trapped Suburban Mother, 1961
Suburban Women in Great Neck, New York, Explore Feminism, 1973
John Cheever's Short Story, "O Youth and Beauty!" 1953
Peter Blake Portrays Suburbia as God's Own Junkyard, 1964
Mad Magazine Satirizes Suburbia, 1974
Sociologist Bennett Berger Challenges the "Myth of Suburbia," 1961
Sociologist Herbert Gans Explores Life in Levittown, 1967
Postwar Suburbs and the Construction of Race
The Chicago Defender Celebrates the Supreme Court's Ruling on Restrictive Covenants, 1948
U.S. News & World Report Reviews Strategies to Preserve Segregation, 1948
The New York Times Reports on Racial Exclusion at Levittown, 1949
Charles Abrams Attacks Housing Discrimination, 1955
Jackie Robinson Testifies to Discriminatory "Beanballs" in Housing, 1959
Civil Rights Advocate Ralph Guzman Reveals Discrimination's "New Look," 1956
Atlanta Housing Council Proposes "Negro Expansion Areas," 1947
Whites React to Fears of Black Encroachment in West Atlanta, 1950s
Redbook Examines Integration Efforts in Teaneck, New Jersey, 1957
Norman Rockwell Depicts Suburban Integration, 1967
"The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the 'White' Problem in American Studies" (1995)
Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (2001)
The City-Suburb Divide
William Laas Promotes Consolidation as the Cure for "Suburbitis," 1950
The Wall Street Journal Highlights Industry, Thrift and Racial Homogeneity in a "Model Municipality," 1966
U.S. Civil Rights Commission Describes Suburbia as a "White Noose," 1961
The Kerner Commission Predicts "Two Societies," 1968
Jonathan Kozol Describes Inequality in Urban and Suburban Schools, 1991
The Outer City: The Geographical Consequences of the Urbanization of the Suburbs (1976)
American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (2003)
Recent Suburbia, 1970 to the Present
The Political Culture of Suburbia
Californians Air Their Opinions on Prop. 13, 1978
UCLA Business Professor Argues that Prop. 13 Would Reduce Bloated Government, 1978
Commonweal Criticizes Prop. 13, 1978
The Los Angeles Times Reflects on Prop. 13's Impact Two Decades Later, 1998
Political Scientist Robert Wood Characterizes Suburban Politics, 1958
Political Analyst Kevin Phillips Documents Suburbia's Role in the Republican Ascendancy, 1969
The Atlantic Monthly Heralds The Suburban Century, 1992
George W. Bush Wins with Critical Support from Suburban Fringe, 2004
The Progressive Housewife: Community Activism in Suburban Queens, 1945-1965 (2003)
Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (2001)
"Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politics" (2003)
Recent Suburban Transformations, 1970-2000
The New York Times Magazine Spotlights Black Suburbanization, 1992
Aaron McGruder Shakes up Suburbia on the Comic Page, 1999
A Reporter Documents Ethnic Diversity in Atlanta's Suburbs, 1999
Donna Gaines Surveys Suburbia's "Teenage Wasteland," 1991
Christopher Caldwell Links Teen Alienation to the Environment of New Suburbia, 1999
Suburbs Outgrow Long-Time Residents, 2000
Myron Orfield Outlines the New Diversity in American Suburbia, 2003
Photo Gallery: "Have" and "Have Not" Suburbia, 1989 and 1995
The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (1994)
American Dreaming: Immigrant Life on the Margins (1995)
Our Town: Inclusion and Exclusion in Recent Suburbia
Legal Activists Paul Davidoff and Neil Gold Attack "Exclusionary Zoning," 1970
The New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Exclusionary Zoning in its Developing Suburbs, 1975
South Jersey Residents Stand in Line for Affordable Suburban Housing, 2003
Residents of Mount Laurel, New Jersey Enjoy Fair Share Housing, 2002
The Philadelphia Inquirer Examines CC&Rs, 1991
A Black Suburb Debates Privacy, 1996
Commentator David Boaz Explains the Virtues of Gated Communities, 1996
Planner Edward Blakely Criticizes "Fortress America," 1998
Photo Gallery: Contemporary Gated Communities
Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government (1994)
Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America (2003)
The Future of Suburbia
Journalist Joel Garreau Names and Defines the Edge City, 1991
James Howard Kunstler Condemns Suburban Sprawl, 1994
Historian Dolores Hayden Considers, "What Is Sprawl?" 2004
Inner-Suburb Mayor Proposes "Sprawl Warning," 2003
Photo Gallery: Recent Suburban Development, Denver, Colorado
Urban Experts Discuss the Future of Sprawl, 1996
Myron Orfield Proposes a Regional Approach to Metropolitan Problems, 2003
Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, 1996
Photo Gallery: New Urbanist Suburbia: Kentlands, Maryland
Urban Scholar Robert Bruegmann Critiques the "Antisprawl" Movement, 2000
Robert Putnam Connects Suburbanization to the Demise of Community, 2000
Journalist Charles McGrath Offers a Coda for the Suburban Dream, 2000
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