Westchester: The American Suburb / Edition 2

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Overview


Today, more than half of Americans live in suburbs. A far cry from the crabgrass frontierof modest bedroom communities built for urban strivers, today's sprawling, self-contained suburbs define our cultural landscape.This fascinating book chronicles-in word and images-the history, development, and character of suburban America with an illuminating account of one of its signature places: Westchester, New York.Designed as a companion to a major exhibition at The Hudson River Museum, the book brings together original essays by leading historians and other experts, and a rich selection of photographs, paintings, maps, ephemera, and other images that track more than century of growth, development, and change. The essays explore key themes that run through Westchester's legacy: the new transportation grids that make all suburbs possible, the suburban house as a new focal point for family life, the creation of a new domesticity, consumerism and community, architecture and nature. Also covered is the representation of suburban life in film, literature, art, photography, and the media. From Washington Irving's Sunnyside home built in 1830 to the virtual New Rochelle home of The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob and Laura Petrie, Westchester has been the iconic American suburb-loved and hated, desired and abandoned. Like the exhibition whose name it shares, this book is not just a testimony to a time gone by-but a vivid and provocative encounter with the porches, patios, and parkways that define the American dream.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823225941
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,454,546
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER PANETTA is Curator, Hudson River Collection; Visiting Professor of History at Fordham University; and Adjunct Curator of History at the Hudson River Museum. For the museum, he edited Westchester: The American Suburb (Fordham).

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Table of Contents

Foreword : suburban redux : Westchester County as the American paradigm
1 Westchester, the American suburb : a new narrative 5
2 What is suburbia? : naming the layers in the landscape, 1820-2000 77
3 The lure of the country 103
4 Glenview : chapters in the life of a suburban estate 137
5 Westchester County : historic suburban neighborhoods 179
6 The suburban house 217
7 Suburban transportation redefined : America's first parkway 247
8 Market in the meadows : the development and impact of Westchester's cross county shopping center, 1947-1956 291
9 Dreams delivered : following diversity's path in Westchester 327
10 Domesticity and its discontents 345
11 Westchester : the suburb in fiction 373
12 Images of suburban life in American films 411
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