The Rise of the Cities: 1820-1920

The Rise of the Cities: 1820-1920

by Christopher Collier
     
 

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.
The Rise of the Cities discusses the factors leading to the settlement and growth of cities in the United States and examines some of the social problems that are part of city life. The authors explore the role of technological advances, governing strategies, and social welfare. The text is enhanced with photographs, and images of historic art & artifacts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
America underwent a vast social transformation between 1820 and 1920. At the start of that one hundred year period, the great majority of Americans resided on farms or in small hamlets. By 1920, America was an urbanized nation with numerous large metropolitan centers. Places like New York, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland grew by leaps and bounds as Americans left their rural roots to become city dwellers. With this migration to the cities came a host of related developments. Advances in architecture, industry, transportation and science made life in the cities hugely different than it had been for earlier generations of Americans. This enormous social transformation and its role in shaping our modern world are covered in this volume of "The Drama of American History" series. As is the norm for this historical set, the authors trace not only the key events of the time period, but more specifically, the impact these events had upon the lives of average people. Topics such as social reform efforts, settlement houses, tenement living and political machines are each handled in a thoughtful and compassionate manner. This is a fine book and one that tells a fascinating story. 2001, Benchmark Books, $20.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-A book that focuses on the broad themes of history rather than facts and dates. After tracing the growth of American cities from centers of commerce along the Atlantic coast to large metropolitan areas, the Colliers outline the reasons for this phenomenon, mainly immigration and industry. The problems and failures of urbanization (sewage, water treatment, and housing) are also considered. One typo was noted on a map: "Evensville" instead of "Evansville." The exceptional illustrations include color graphics and maps, reproductions of photographs by Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine, and period advertisements and lithographs. An accessible, attractive book.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620645215
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/02/2012
Series:
Drama of American History Series , #16
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
18 MB
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Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music.
Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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