Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

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Oxford University Press, 1985 - Social Science - 396 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

A wee bit ambitious for 300-some pages. Too many important topics are just briefly discussed. As a child of the suburbs, I think the insights into homogeneity and resistance to urban culture were interesting. Also this was written in 1985, it could use a little follow-up. Read full review

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User Review  - University of Chicago Magazine - Goodreads

Kenneth T. Jackson, AM'63, PhD'66 Author From our pages (Spring/86): "The author traces the growth of suburbs in America from their origins in the 1820s until the present. Combining social history ... Read full review

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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.

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