How Newark Became Newark: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American City

How Newark Became Newark: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American City

by Brad R. Tuttle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813544904

ISBN-13: 9780813544908

Pub. Date: 03/16/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


For the first time in forty years, the story of one of America's most maligned cities is told in all its grit and glory. With its open-armed embrace of manufacturing, Newark, New Jersey, rode the Industrial Revolution to great prominence and wealth that lasted well into the twentieth century. In the postwar years, however, Newark experienced a perfect storm of…  See more details below

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For the first time in forty years, the story of one of America's most maligned cities is told in all its grit and glory. With its open-armed embrace of manufacturing, Newark, New Jersey, rode the Industrial Revolution to great prominence and wealth that lasted well into the twentieth century. In the postwar years, however, Newark experienced a perfect storm of urban troublesùpolitical corruption, industrial abandonment, white flight, racial conflict, crime, poverty. Cities across the United States found themselves in similar predicaments, yet Newark stands out as an exceptional case. Its saga reflects the rollercoaster ride of Everycity U.S.A., only with a steeper rise, sharper turns, and a much more dramatic plunge.

How Newark Became Newark is a fresh, unflinching popular history that spans the city's epic transformation from a tiny Puritan village into a manufacturing powerhouse, on to its desperate struggles in the twentieth century and beyond. After World War II, unrest mounted as the minority community was increasingly marginalized, leading to the wrenching civic disturbances of the 1960s. Though much of the city was crippled for years, How Newark Became Newark is also a story of survival and hope. Today, a real estate revival and growing population are signs that Newark is once again in ascendance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813544908
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
446,322
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prologue. Pride in Newark
Part I
Corporation Politics to the Dogs Greater Newark
Part II
Dead Weight The Slums of Ten Years from Now Bound to Explode The Worst American City
Part III
Sharpe Change A Renaissance for the Rest of Us Stand Up Note on Sources Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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