The Making of Urban America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - History - 388 pages
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The process by which a group of small colonial settlements in an untamed wilderness grew into a highly industrialized and urbanized nation is one of the central and most important themes of American history. The updated Making of Urban America provides a superb collection of essays for students and teachers on the many facets of urban development through history. This detailed and well-researched study traces urban development from the preindustrial city to the twentieth-century city. With emphasis on the social, economic, political, commercial, and cultural aspects of urban history, these essays illustrate the growth and change that brought about modern-day urban life. In his extensive historiographical analysis of urban America, Professor Raymond Mohl introduces the reader to current literature and perspectives on urban history. Dynamic topics such as technology, immigration and ethnicity, suburbanization, sunbelt cities, urban political history, and planning and housing are examined. The Making of Urban America is the only reader available covering all of U.S. urban history and includes the most recent interpretive scholarship on the subject.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Social Evolution of Preindustrial American Cities 17001820
15
Brothel Riots and the Transformation of Prostitution in Antebellum New York City
37
Some Effects of Foreign Immigrants on Antebellum Southern Cities
53
Representations of the NineteenthCentury Social Order
73
The Industrial City
91
Introduction
93
The Centrality of the Horse in the NineteenthCentury American City
105
The TwentiethCentury City
209
Introduction
211
Music and Mass Culture in MexicanAmerican Los Angeles
231
The New Deal in Dallas
249
A Comparative Look at the First Black Mayors of Chicago and New Orleans
265
A Miami Case Study
283
Bold New City or Builtup Burb? Redefining Contemporary Suburbia
309
The Historiography of Urban America
333

Big Tim Sullivan and Metropolitan Politics in New York 18891913
131
Saloonkeepers Workers and the Code of Reciprocity in US Barrooms 18701920
153
Leisure and Labor
167
Ethnicity Class and Urban Violence
187
New Perspectives on American Urban History
335
Index
375
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