Cities of the Heartland: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest

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Indiana University Press, 1993 - History - 300 pages
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"Recommended for all who want to learn about the origins of the contemporary urban crisis." —Library Journal

Teaford writes a definitive history of the transformation of "America's heartland" into the "Rust Belt," chronicling the development of the cities of the industrial Midwest as they challenged the urban supremacy of the East, from their heyday to the trying times of the 1970s and '80s. The early part of this century brought wealth and promise to the heartland: automobile production made Detroit a boomtown, and automobile-related industries enriched communities; Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of architects asserted the Midwest's aesthetic independence; Sherwood Anderson and Carl Sandburg established Chicago as a literary mecca; Jane Addams made the Illinois metropolis an urban laboratory for experiments in social justice. Soon, however, emerging Sunbelt cities began to rob such cities as Cincinnati, Saint Louis, and Chicago of their distinction as boom areas, foreshadowing urban crisis.


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A prequel to Teaford's earlier book on American cities since 1940, The Rough Road to Renaissance ( LJ 11/15/90), this work examines the growth of industrial cities of the Midwest in the middle and ... Read full review


Creating the Urban Network
The Emerging Center of Urban America
The Changing
The Midwest Leads the Nation
In the Cultural Vanguard
After the Heyday
The Making of the Rust Belt
After Two Centuries
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JON C. TEAFORD is Professor of History at Purdue University. He is the author of a number of previous books on American urban history, including City and Suburb: The Political Fragmentation of Metropolitan America, 1850–1970 and The Rough Road to Renaissance: Urban Revitalization in America, 1940–1985.

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