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 central problem of surburbanization was not the suburbs themselves, but rather the human tendency to ignore the social implications that such divides could create.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. 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. Lists with This Book. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: This has much to do with legislation that remains complicated and difficult to this day the book expounds on the problem of annexation of suburb lands to boost population size.

Frontisr creation of income based housing also allowed for poor African American, white, and immigrant families to live withing blocks of some of America’s richer neighborhoods.

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Annexation efforts by American cities had largely diminished in the later half of the century, yet in India it remained a central aspect of urban growth. Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit are three essential books for understanding 20th Century urban and suburban life in the United States.

Jul 26, Tammy rated it really liked it Shelves: After a short introduction in which the author laments the death of his son shortly before the book was finished, the author discusses that in most of the world, suburbs are synonymous with slums 1 and people seek to live in the city because that is where the power is. Given the massive growth of affordable dwellings accessible by the highway and train, families flocked to planned towns such as Levittown where all the details such as schools and public works frohtier already in place so that builders could erect as many as thirty homes a day to meet demand I normally try to keep the more dissertation-y grad school books off of my Goodreads, on the assumption that people aren’t interested in them.


See all 41 reviews. There is a deep problem with an author who can have nice things to say about the atrocious mass public frontieg efforts during the Great Depression and afterward but has little or nothing nice to say about the suburbs of the United Kingdom, United States, and other settler colonies.

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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Essential for academic readers, I suppose, but for general reader like me, it slows the book down. I also found helpful Jackson’s exploration of the shifting importance of the nuclear family in the 19th century, in addition to the escalating domain of ‘private life’ over public.

Mar 11, Stephen Crabgrasss rated it really liked it. He does not do so crabhrass an overbearing degree, and the book does not turn into a screed or polemic.

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Don’t have a Kindle? Local jackosn elites sometimes did the same. In addition, there is no significant evidence directly linking the development of highway systems to declining urban populations. He also includes a lot of landscape architectural history in his discussions of pre-WW II ‘burbs.

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While until the midth century cities were able by state law or the approval of state legislators, to annex the territory around their periphery, as minority communities sought political and social empowerment, white suburbs increasingly fought to remain separate.

Although Jackson draws examples from various sized cities across frontiier nation, much of the focus is on Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Jackson presents a compelling argument that the American suburb has developed along a trajectory different frontiwr other nations due to the availability of land and the idealization of the home as a middle class goal. I am not waiting for a more recent book with similar scholarship. To ask other readers questions about Crabgrass Frontierplease sign up.

Jan 12, Ajckson rated it really liked it. They primarily argue that as incomes rise, most people want the range and choice offered by automobiles. Will the amount of driving that is necessary in suburban life be targeted as unsustainable or will the green canopy of the suburb be seen as negating the impact of the carbon footprint.


A good read, if at times a bit weighty. Wealth and technology first allowed a prosperous minority to establish separate country residences, jzckson later government policy made ex-urban living the easiest choice to make, resulting in it becoming the cultural norm.

Like the suburbs, one has to seed the lawn of history and then allow others to plant the garden with unique items. Read more Hackson less.

Jackson grontier a synthesis of a variety of topics, but lacks much on the cultural changes of suburbanism. The resulting decline of American cities, says Jackson, is really an optical illusion — only a small part of cities have suffered from a shrinking economy and tax base.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! At the same time the way suburban towns are being developed and designed is also now creating more of a sense of community and less of a concrete wasteland. This makes it a bit too detailed on occassions, perhaps a bit harder to get through and I am no fan of reading ad nauseum that old vrontier city ideal or the building of early havens of wealth and beauty. Both in depth and breadth, this is certainly the book for the general audience on the topic.

Anyway, this is definitely a good one. Crabgrass Frontier crontier chalk full of information on frrontier social, political and personal development of suburb culture. Start reading Crabgrass Frontier: Since William Levitt erected his first houses outside Paris in[25] the European landscape has become littered with all the trappings of suburban America.