America's Urban History is an engaging and accessible overview of the life of American cities, from Native American settlements before the arrival of Europeans to the present-day landscape of suburban sprawl, urban renewal, and a heavily urbanized population. The book provides readers with a rich chronological and thematic narrative, covering themes including: The role of cities in the European settlement of North America Cities and westward expansion Social reform in the industrialized cities The impact of the New Deal The growth of the suburbs The relationships between urban forms and social issues of race, class, and gender Covering the evolving story of the American city with depth and insight, America's Urban History will be the first stop for all those seeking to explore the American urban experience.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. A rash of numbered property lots spreading from each side and up the main streets suggests development is well under way; the blanks represent room for opportunity. Penn — a well-connected Englishman who made it his mission to create a refuge in America for Quakers and other persecuted religious groups from Europe — was prone to celebrating his colony as a free gift from God.
As a feudal-style proprietor, Penn could in turn grant out land as he saw fit.
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His promised land guaranteed freedoms, rights and liberties — for white Europeans at least. The first cargo of enslaved Africans sold fast to his settlers on its arrival in The constitution and laws Penn devised owed much to Magna Carta , the first American printing of which would appear in Philadelphia in Yet the province nonetheless constituted his personal estate, and the planning process merged religious and political considerations with economic pressures.
In a vast forest clearing along the Delaware river, Penn planned a great port city connected to the country by 17th-century superhighways uniting commercial and landed interests. The first purchasers were enticed with a property lot in each of three zones: country, city, and its surrounding liberties. The pair agreed the location could hardly be bettered for the health of business and bodies alike.
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Although rural traditions have also left their impact on the country, cities and urban living have been vital components of America for centuries, and an understanding of the urban experience is essential to comprehending America's past. America's Urban History is an engaging and accessible overview of the life of American cities, from Native American settlements before the arrival of Europeans to the present-day landscape of suburban sprawl, urban renewal, and a heavily urbanized population.
The book provides readers with a rich chronological and thematic narrative, covering themes including: The role of cities in the European settlement of North America.