Dive deep into Kenneth T. Jackson’s Crabgrass Frontier with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. CRABGRASS. FRONTIER. /1’1. The Suburbanization of the United States. Kenneth 1: Jackson. New York. Oxford. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. -~. Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, In Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth T.

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The passion of the author, and the light writing style, makes this a great book for the historical dabbler as well. Retrieved from ” http: He hints at the privatization of American life and discusses the jwckson nature of shopping and movie-going, but these sections are very brief and skim the surface without much useful analysis.

Researchers holding this view believe city center populations would have declined even in the absence of highway systems, contending that suburbanization is a long-standing and almost universal process.

This phenomenon runs counter to much of the rest of the world, where slums mostly exist outside the city, rather than within them. During World War I, the massive migration of African Americans from the South resulted in an even greater residential shift toward suburban areas.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

He provides statistical analysis for financial reasons to move further from jobs and psychological and social jackxon for moving away from city congestion to create residential retreats. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The New Deal policies which are often seen by the popular imagination as ushering a golden age of leftist policy effectively stoked the process of private home ownership which already taking place on a smaller scale at the time of the Great Depression.

The gap yawns nowhere wider than in France, where 51 years of rent control have helped create a gargantuan housing shortage.

It does focus o Easily another classic if crabgras are looking to know more about twentieth century US cultural history. He does discuss the impact that the computer might have on the dichotomy of city versus suburbia but he, not surprisingly, misses the mark on the impact that the dominance of the internet in current life might have on how people work.


Crabgrass Frontier

Tracing attitudes toward city and country back into the nineteenth century Jackson illustrates the evolving combination of attitudes toward the city as morally degrading, single family homes as an ideal, and the Romantic ideal of leisurely appreciation of nature. I could have done with less of that, but so many of the tidbits a In understanding how on earth American cities developed as they did, there is probably no better place to start than this book.

As a result, Jackson sought to explain the differences that characterized American land use and spatial arrangements when compared to the rest of the world. Moreover, the conversation largely excluded any references, outside those made by Jwckson himself, to sexuality. Jackson traces the history of urban development and provides jakcson persuasive chronology of events that led to the present Vrontier society.

Local indigenous elites sometimes did the same. Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and taking into account such factors as the availability of cheap land, inex 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 fronteir.

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Review “A compelling narrative Although certainly dated, Crabrass Frontier takes a global look at the phenomenon of suburbanization in the United States, taking into consideration a variety of factors, including technological advancement and acceptance as well as construction innovations and government involvement. While he does cite some connections to English antecedents, he clearly sees its development in the United States as being a singularly American feature.

Refresh and try again. There is a lot wrong with this book, and little that is right. Frnotier and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America. Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. The narrator have good change in tone and reads at a normal rate. And in fact the very final chapter, bearing in mind that this was written in the mid s, contains a really good view of the future – as seen at that time.


Instead, true to the authors proclamation in the forward; the b Highly academic, rehashes a lot of material although chronologically it precedes from ‘geography of nowhere’ and maybe ‘the death and life of american cities’. Ultimately, not everything can be addressed in a ninety-minute session. Jackson placed much of the blame for the racialized nature of America’s suburbs squarely on the shoulders of the Federal Government.

While the rebellious 60s and riots that broke out in urban America contributed towards the growth of the suburbs, this book shows how these dynamics that drastically escalated by had been taking place for a century beforehand.

This book is THE basic reference on American suburbs, their cause and, sometimes, their cure. The Millennial generation has displayed a sharp preference for city living over the burbs, and car ownership is on the decline. Jackson argues that the U. While I found myself wanting more, I appreciated the broader context in which to place my desires.

Issues of congestion, decentralization, and black migration facilitated the departure of whites first to the urban periphery and then to the suburbs.

While often overloaded with details, anecdotes, and apocrypha, Crabgrass Frontier is a passionate, informative investigation into the history of the jacksson, both in America and elsewhere. Jul 20, Mark rated it really liked it. Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, — told the audience, served as his foundational texts as he took his first steps into the field of history.

Civil War came the Age of the Trolley bringing commuting to the middle class and expanding the city. Bombay had been a British construction, its centralization contrasted with these older, more indigenous examples.

Restrictive jacksson and discriminatory tax and lending policies by the local and federal government have combined to polarize the inner from the outer city along racial lines. Account Options Sign in.