The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism

The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism

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by Adam Rome
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521800595

ISBN-13: 9780521800594

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Concern Today about suburban sprawl is not new. In the decades after World War II, the spread of tract-house construction changed the nature of millions of acres of land, and a variety of Americans began to protest against the environmental costs of suburban development. By the mid-1960s, indeed, many of the critics were attempting to institutionalize an urban…  See more details below

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The Concern Today about suburban sprawl is not new. In the decades after World War II, the spread of tract-house construction changed the nature of millions of acres of land, and a variety of Americans began to protest against the environmental costs of suburban development. By the mid-1960s, indeed, many of the critics were attempting to institutionalize an urban land ethic. The Bulldozer in the Countryside is the first scholarly work to analyze the successes and failures of the varied efforts to address the environmental consequences of suburban growth from 1945 to 1970. For scholars and students of American history, the book offers a compelling new insight into two of the great stories of modern times -- the mass migration to the suburbs and the rise of the environmental movement. The book also offers a valuable historical perspective for participants in contemporary debates about the alternatives to sprawl.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521800594
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Levitt's Progress: The Rise of the Suburban-Industrial Complex15
2From the Solar House to the All-Electric Home: The Postwar Debates over Heating and Cooling45
3Septic-Tank Suburbia: The Problem of Waste Disposal at the Metropolitan Fringe87
4Open Space: The First Protests against the Bulldozed Landscape119
5Where Not to Build: The Campaigns to Protect Wetlands, Hillsides, and Floodplains153
6Water, Soil, and Wildlife: The Federal Critiques of Tract-House Development189
7Toward a Land Ethic: The Quiet Revolution in Land-Use Regulation221
Conclusion255
Selected Bibliography271
Index293

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The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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