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Building The Dream
     

Building The Dream

by Gwendolyn Wright
 

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For Gwendolyn Wright, the houses of America are the diaries of the American people. They create a fascinating chronicle of the way we have lived, and a reflection of every political, economic, or social issue we have been concerned with. Why did plantation owners build uniform cabins for their slaves? Why were all the walls in nineteenth-century tenements painted

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For Gwendolyn Wright, the houses of America are the diaries of the American people. They create a fascinating chronicle of the way we have lived, and a reflection of every political, economic, or social issue we have been concerned with. Why did plantation owners build uniform cabins for their slaves? Why were all the walls in nineteenth-century tenements painted white? Why did the parlor suddenly disappear from middle-class houses at the turn of the century? How did the federal highway system change the way millions of Americans raised their families?

Building the Dream introduces the parade of people, policies, and ideologies that have shaped the course of our daily lives by shaping the rooms we have grown up in.  In the row houses of colonial Philadelphia, the luxury apartments of New York City, the prefab houses of Levittown, and the public-housing towers of Chicago, Wright discovers revealing clues to our past and a new way of looking at such contemporary issues as integration, sustainable energy, the needs of the elderly, and how we define "family."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307817112
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/09/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,186,495
File size:
13 MB
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Meet the Author

GWENDOLYN WRIGHT was born in Chicago in 1946. She received a Master of Architecture degree and a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California at Berkeley, where she has since taught architectural design and history. Her first book, Moralism and the Model Home, was published in 1980.

Gwendolyn Wright and her husband, Paul Rabinow, an anthropologist, are currently living in France under a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the emergence of modern urbanism.

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