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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I could have done with less of that, but so many of the tidbits are delightful, from the horse-car and its effects on the weak-willed: This uniqueness thus involves population density, home-ownership, residential status, and fromtier.

This book is perfect for both graduates and undergraduates, as well as a reader interested in the rise of suburbs. Finally, Jackson noted other sociological changes in American culture that had come to make the contemporary situation more complicated. Given the stigma that the word suburb connoted through the centuries, American suburbs seemed to have an inferiority complex in the mids.

After the second world war, the federal government provided cheap and standardized loans to returning servicemen, which were served by the model of the Levittowns. Pages with related products. Suburbs have existed as a concept in England since the sixteenth century.

Extensively researched and referenced, the book takes into account factors that promoted suburbanization such as the availability of cheap land, construction methods, and transportation, as well as federal subsidies for highways and suburban housing.

IT clips right along with crisp prose and held my interest from the suburbs of eighteenth-century LOndon to America’s first “walking cities” through crabtrass s, when it was published. Other editions – View all Crabgrass Frontier: Jackson attempts to broadly interpret the American suburban experience, which he views as unique.

Having been written in the s, the book anticipates, but is not Another book in the series of seminal urbanist books I want to read instead of actually going to grad school, this book explains the economic, social, historical, racial, philosophical, etc.

He claims workers miss their work families as a reason for this failure. Sep 17, Dave Courtney rated it really liked it. During World War I, the massive migration of African Americans from the South resulted in an even greater residential shift toward suburban areas. By carefully selecting locations that enhanced resident status; offered sanctuary from urban congestion, disease, and immigrant life; and provided access to emerging transportation routes back to commercial hubs, Jackson asserts that elites forged the way for an American suburb lifestyle that promoted the sanctity of family and healthful benefits of nature away from city centers.


From ancient times, the city’s primary function crabgraxs as a central meeting place to conduct business. This gap in worldview between writer and reader makes this book, and others like it, of interest mainly to fellow bitter Marxist travelers whose advice rfontier not worth taking crabgrasz.

Having been raised in the largely white, upper-middle-class suburbs of Atlanta, Lassiter admitted that as a youth he never really thought about how his community originated. For him, the net result of Federal Government housing policy was the concentration of the poor in the cities, while middle class, usually white individuals flocked to the suburbs, which were touted as refuges from the crime and moral decay of American cities.

He hints at the privatization of American life and discusses the changing nature of shopping and movie-going, but these sections are very brief and skim the surface without much useful analysis. What once was a social problem that played out in the public circle has now ignited into a full fledged problem of frongier private life.

But the mention of ‘racial integration’ points up where my main critique lies, because it was not integration that pushed anything at all, it was the immense push to segregation.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

But it presents the data in what I felt was an entertaining mix of stories and narrative development. The French innovation of the omnibus–a horse-drawn wagon for passengers which followed a fixed route at standard times for a small fare–was the first step towards creating the public transportation networks which would facilitate the spread of urban development from the center.

Oxford University Press; 1st edition April 16, Language: Great read, essential American knowledge. While the overall benefits to the economy as a whole were delivered, I suspect that the racism built into those acts was simply a reflection of attitudes at the time and wasn’t really recognised as racism.

Another book in the series of seminal urbanist books I want to read instead of actually going to grad school, this book explains the economic, social, historical, racial, philosophical, etc.

Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America. Those policies changed forever the fate of American cities and the nature of our suburbs, with implications of course for race, opportunity, education, and individual prosperity.

Some of the book’s prognostications fell flat, and some are still in the process of playing out. Used this as a college text book in In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: He argues that suburbs, though they differ in actual racial and class composition, they came to mean a place of normal American identity, where all could buy into homeownership and self suffiency, displacing the city as where the middle to affluent classes resided. These social scientists suggest that the historical processes of suburbanization and decentralization are instances of white privilege that have contributed to contemporary patterns of environmental racism.


Highly academic, rehashes a lot of material although chronologically it precedes from ‘geography of nowhere’ and maybe ‘the death and life of american cities’. This was a world view in which the lower class and non-whites had no place. This book is a fascinating social history of America covering years – s to s. Having been written in the s, the book anticipates, but is not aware of, a lot of the changes in urbanism that have been happening in the past year. Moreover, it taught me about the pervasive power a conservatism based on selective memory and benign ignorance has to maintain structural inequalities.

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It is examines how the changes in transportation, frontiwr and frontiet means or neglect of legal means created the suburban landscape we now crabggrass surrounding even the smaller cities within the US. 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. This was not the beginning of sprawl, however: Jackson presented a strong argument that advanced several important historiographical themes that characterized urban scholarship.

If you are simply looking for a run-down of how the American suburb came to be, this fgontier certainly offers a thorough answer.

How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America Since Jackson never intended to write an architectural history of suburbia, Harris notes, the book fails to really explore this aspect. Most importantly, the decentralization of post-World War II American cities led to the self-sufficiency of the suburbs around the urban core, both as the place of work and place of dwelling.

Feb 24, Dan Gorman rated it really liked it Shelves: By the turn of the 19th century, a middle class expectation of having residential space had emerged, which Jackson attributes to work of Andrew Jackson DowningCalvert Vauxand Catharine Beecher.

Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and