Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870-1930

Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870-1930

by Robert M. Fogelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300124171

ISBN-13: 9780300124170

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

The quintessential American suburbs, with their gracious single-family homes, large green lawns, and leaf-shaded streets, reflected not only residents’ dreams but nightmares, not only hopes but fears: fear of others, of racial minorities and lowincome groups, fear of themselves, fear of the market, and, above all, fear of change. These fears, and the

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The quintessential American suburbs, with their gracious single-family homes, large green lawns, and leaf-shaded streets, reflected not only residents’ dreams but nightmares, not only hopes but fears: fear of others, of racial minorities and lowincome groups, fear of themselves, fear of the market, and, above all, fear of change. These fears, and the restrictive covenants that embodied them, are the subject of Robert M. Fogelson’s fascinating new book.

As Fogelson reveals, suburban subdividers attempted to cope with the deep-seated fears of unwanted change, especially the encroachment of “undesirable” people and activities, by imposing a wide range of restrictions on the lots. These restrictions ranged from mandating minimum costs and architectural styles for the houses to forbidding the owners to sell or lease their property to any member of a host of racial, ethnic, and religious groups. These restrictions, many of which are still commonly employed, tell us as much about the complexities of American society today as about its complexities a century ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300124170
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Suburbia, 1870-1930: The Quest for Permanence     25
Bourgeois Nightmares: Fears of Almost Everyone and Everything     117
Epilogue     201
Notes     213
Acknowledgments     254
Index     256

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