9780195036107-0195036107-Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

ISBN-13: 9780195036107
ISBN-10: 0195036107
Edition: 1st
Author: Jackson, Kenneth T.
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 432 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195036107
ISBN-10: 0195036107
Edition: 1st
Author: Jackson, Kenneth T.
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 432 pages

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Acknowledged authors Jackson, Kenneth T. wrote Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States comprising 432 pages back in 1985. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195036107 and 9780195036107. Since then Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In America, in contrast to almost anywhere else in the world, the good life means traveling a long distance to get to work. How and why this came to be our cultural norm is the subject of this long-awaited book.
Because more than two-thirds of all dwellings are single family homes surrounded by an ornamental yard, suburbia is the most distinctive physical characteristic of modern American society. Crabgrass Frontier is the first book to trace the growth of suburbs in America from their origins in the 1820's--in Brooklyn Heights opposite Manhattan--until the present day. Combining social history with economic and architectural history, the book discusses suburban communities in every section of the country as well as making comparisons with Europe and Japan.
Jackson considers such intriguing questions as why transportation technology changed the shape of American cities more than European ones, why the family room and the television set replaced the stoop and the street as the focus of social interaction, how the evolution of the garage reflected increasing affection for the automobile, how federal housing programs undermined inner city neighborhoods, and how government policies insured the collapse of the nation's once superb mass transit system. The book shows not only that Americans have long preferred a detached dwelling to a row house, rural life to city life, and owning to renting, but also that suburbanization has been as much a governmental as a natural process.
About the Author:
Kenneth T. Jackson is a Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of The Ku Klux Klan in the City.

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