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The Human Tradition in Urban America offers an intimate telling of America's evolution into an urban nation through the experiences of individuals. This book considers the growth of American cities by carefully looking at the lives of those people-some famous, some not so well known-who contributed to this important transition in the country's history. Roger Biles has assembled a superb collection of writings that provide a diverse collage of colorful and engaging characters.

Covering the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, these diverse biographies show that the formation of America's new structure and environment was not simply the product of some mysterious blend of impersonal forces, but instead was the handiwork of a rich variety of human actors. The Human Tradition in Urban America is an accessible book that will appeal to all readers interested in the history of urban America.

About the Author
Roger Biles is professor of history at East Carolina University. He is the author and editor of several books on urban history, including From Tenements to the Taylor Homes: In Search of an Urban Housing Policy in Twentieth-Century America and Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Governing of Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association and currently serves as the book review editor for H-Urban.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
An intellectually compelling collection of biographies of urbanites. . . . These essays are accessible to undergraduates, yet grapple with hotly debated issues.
Booknews
Reminding us that urban life has flourished in the US since the earliest Native American settlements, Biles (history, East Carolina U., Greenville, NC) introduces 13 biographical essays sampling urban and suburban life in America. The diverse contributions showcase such urban improvement figures as: Andrew Jackson Downing, an early 19th century promoter of city parks and suburbs; Francis L. Cardozo, an early African American educator; Frank Julian Sprague, the father of electric mass transit in this country; evangelist Billy Sunday, "urban prophet of hope" to some; and Elizabeth Vi rrick, an activist for housing reform in postwar Miami. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Amy S. Greenberg
A nice introduction to the problems and concerns facing different groups of urban Americans at different points in time.
Michael H. Ebner
A dynamic and captivating volume. The diverse and important individuals who populate the chapters of The Human Tradition in Urban America will make urban history courses come alive. Skillfully edited by Roger Biles, this innovative book will prove itself enticing.
Melvin G. Holli
A splendid addition to the Human Tradition series that utilizes biography to reflect urban history and urban change.
Perry Duis
Cities are more than buildings and infrastructures; they are also people. This delightful and informative collection of brief biographical sketches illuminates the variety of the urban experience. Professor Biles presents the stories of innovators—some familiar, but many newly introduced to most readers—who used the urban experience as a catalyst for new ideas. We are all richer for who they were and what they did.
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An intellectually compelling collection of biographies of urbanites. . . . These essays are accessible to undergraduates, yet grapple with hotly debated issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029933
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Human Tradition in America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Biles is professor of history at East Carolina University.

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Table of Contents

Jeremiah Dummer: From Puritan Son to Worldy Gentleman By Phyllis Whitman Hunter
Andrew Jackson Downing: Promoter of City Parks and Suburbs By David Schuyler
Francis L. Cardozo: An Early African-American Urban Educator By Bernard E. Powers Jr.
Alexander R. Shepherd: The Haussmannization of Washington By Alan Lessoff
Franklin Julian Sprague: The Father of Electric Urban Mass Transit in the United States By Martha J. Bianco     
Charles A. Comiskey: Baseball as American Pastime and Tragedy By Douglas E. Bukowski
Lillian Wald: Meeting the Needs of Neighborhoods, 1893-1933 By Judith Ann Trolander
Billy Sunday: Urban Prophet of Hope By Lyle W. Dorsett and Nancy Grisham
Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana's Frenzied Philanthropist By Robert G. Barrows
Catherine Bauer: The Struggle for "Modern Housing" in America, 1930-1960 By John F. Bauman
Robert Moses: Relentless Progressive By Joel Schwartz
Coleman A. Young: Race and the Reshaping of Postwar Urban Politics By Heather Thompson
Elizabeth Virrick: The "Concrete Monsters" and Housing Reform in Postwar Miami By Raymond A. Mohl
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