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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Yet Rao offered examples related to colonialism that disputed such assertions. 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.

Why was the traditional urban form abandoned for the suburbs to the degree frontisr For thousands of years, people lived in either the country or the city, but with the coming of the industrial revolution that changed, and especially in America. Seemingly as soon as they were able, the wealthy and later the middle class abandoned the cities in favor of neighborhoods set in the country, first commuting into the city and then commuting to other areas outside it once jobs followed the wealth out of town.

Working towards a definition of social geography, I see it as changes in the environment and its use and quantifying those changes — and here is where Jackson rcabgrass his social history muscle, by asking those questions with a qualitative answer. 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.

Jackson tells that story and provides plenty of evidence to back it up. The epilogue is dated; many of Jackson’s predictions haven’t come true. Oct 28, Carl Stevens rated it really liked it. Cookie-cutter suburbs financed by government-backed VA mortgages again revealed jacksn bias towards new construction in crabgrasx suburbs for middle class rather than for housing projects to restore declining city jac,son or support the needs of lower income population.

Crabgrass Frontier

The suburb created family space with each house having its own tiny park that created a buffer of privacy. Selected pages Title Page.

It does focus o Easily another classic if you are looking to know more about twentieth century US cultural history. Views Page Discussion View source History.

A really clear and cogent analysis of suburbanization in America: Mar 11, Stephen Matlock rated it really liked it.

Preview — Crabggass Frontier by Kenneth T. These suburbs resisted annexation by the cities, so that more and more suburbs formed. 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. Public transport layed the foundation for people to no longer have to learn to co-exist across social lines, but crabgraass car began to erase ffrontier life as a whole.


If the government will only loan you money to build a house in the suburbs as compared to in the city, or to repair a structure in the cityand only to white people then uh.

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Built on cheap land, connected by cheap transport, and occupied by cheap buildings, Jackson believes contemporary sprawl to be not worth much in comparison to the city, and points to trends in the s which might signal a turning point. Really enjoyed the book and the class. Cities had five characteristics: For instance, the author says that people who work from home or “day-traders” will not be a “thing” as their history at the time of the book’s writing has been a failure.

At the same time, government policies promoted suburban expansion, directly and indirectly, by promoting home ownership through subsidized loans and highways. Other editions – View all Crabgrass Frontier: Brody, Fall 2. From ancient times, the city was the place to live, close to the arts and seat of government.

Jackson attempts to broadly interpret the American suburban experience, which he views as unique. But I just read a stat that low-density suburbs grew more in than any other area. Just a gut-wrenching episode that I wouldn’t wish on any one.

That unique combination, argues Jackson, led to the first and last suburban nation In Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth Jackson chronicles urban flight and the making of the ‘burbs, establishing that Americans have an historic cultural distaste for cities, inherited through England, and have been trying to have the best of both worlds, city and country, at least since the end of the 18th century.

What people imagined and still do as a retreat back to nature was actually more destructive to nature than anything else, and in-essence led to the modern template for the typical nature-esque suburban grid that we have today. The politics of space: I suggest that Jackson was moving forward an argument that the suburbs were a place first and foremost of American imagination, and it was this that clearly differentiated and evidenced as part of the American experience.

While it wasn’t necessary for it to recount history chronologically it is an analysis, rather than a history book, after allit was compiled as though it were a series of essays written at different times for different purposes and audiences, meaning that it doubled over information several times or made references to things that wouldn’t be explained until later, etc. Prev Beyond the Bakesale: 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 were already in place so that builders could erect as many as thirty homes a day to meet demand.


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These New Deal policies did a great carbgrass to ensure a particular path towards the privatization of American life–which, naturally, is synonymous with the planned economic and racial segregation of America which took place in the 20th century.

I was worried that it would be as hyperbolic as Kunstler’s The Long Emergency. Not a Major Cause of Suburbanization”. Yes, Jackson does demonstrate that while the car might not have been the cause, it provided the means to push the problem of suburbanization forward at a pace that remains unprecedented.

Since I’ve lived in foreign towns and cities for 5 years, I’ve seen some of these issues already, but the book made them crystal-clear. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Transportation was the key to the rapid spread of the suburb beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when commuter railroads and horse cars made it possible to travel easily between the city and frontied outlying area.


Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

This book is a fascinating social history of America covering years – s to s. Developers understood that they benefited from an emphasis on highways rather than mass transit and Jackson covers this story convincingly.

Jackson does a good job of getting the reader to the point in the s, right after many older American cities had essentially bottomed out, and some had begun to recover in some ways gentrification.

Jackson presents a compelling argument that crabgtass American suburb has developed along a trajectory different than other nations due to the availability of land and the idealization of the home as a middle class goal. The author’s big argument is that it wasn’t an inevitability, a natural inclination to sprawl proceeding apace over a massive landscape – instead, it was the product of specific technologies and especially governmental policies. Lists with This Book.