Urban America in the Modern Age

Urban America in the Modern Age : 1920 to the Present

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Since the appearance of "Urban America in the Modern Age" in 1987, the study of American cities has flourished. In this long-awaited second edition, Carl Abbott draws on the recent works of historians who have explored issues of urban growth, municipal politics, immigration and ethnicity, "suburbanization", and environmental change. The fascination with growth and change in the nation's metropolitan areas spans a wide range of scholarly fields, and the new edition also benefits from scholarship in disciplines closely related to urban history, including geography, political science, sociology, and urban planning. Featuring an entirely new chapter covering the years since 1980 and a bank of interesting photographs, the second edition of "Urban America in the Modern Age" further explores and fine-tunes the themes and topics central to its predecessor - the physical form of metropolitan areas, their sources of growth and mix of ethnic and racial groups, the shaping of and responses to public policy, and ideas of community planning.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 15.24mm | 272.16g
  • Wheeling IL, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • b/w photos
  • 0882952471
  • 9780882952475
  • 1,083,236

Table of contents

Introduction: The Metropolitan Era; The First Modern Cities; Building and Rebuilding; A New Urban America; Prosperity and Poverty; The Promise of Urban Life.
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Praise for the first edition:

"Carl Abbott has produced a superb overview of modern US history, truly a state-of-the-art text... His mastery of fine detail and the variety and breadth of examples, drawn from a truly national cross-section of cities, are the most impressive features of the book." (Design Book Review, Spring 1988)

"Urban America in the Modern Age is an extraordinarily good short survey of modern unrban history; while directed toward the college classroom, it would make excellent reading for nonstudents as well." (Indiana Magazine of History, September 1988)
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About Carl Abbott

Carl Abbott is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His most recent books are Frontiers Past and Future: Science Fiction and the American West and Greater Portland: Urban Life and Landscape in the Pacific Northwest. Among earlier books, both The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West and Political Terrain: Washington, D.C. from Tidewater Town in Global Metropolis have won national awards. His research interests center on the history of city planning and the relationships between urban growth and regional change.
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