Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape

Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape

by Francesca Russello Ammon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300200683
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 436,135
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Francesca Russello Ammon is assistant professor of city and regional planning and historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies the history of the built environment, focusing on the social, material, and cultural life of cities in the twentieth-century United States. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: A Culture of Clearance 1

Part 1 Bulldozers at War

1 "A Dirt Moving War": Engineers and Seabees as World War II Heroes 21

2 Prime Movers: Equipment Manufacturers Prepare for Postwar Prosperity 61

Part 2 Bulldozers at Work

3 Grading Groves and Moving Mountains: Suburban Land Clearance in Orange County, California 97

4 "Armies of Bulldozers Smashing Down Acres of Slums": Urban Renewal Demolition in New Haven, Connecticut 140

5 "The Intricate Blending of Brains and Brawn": Engineering the Postwar Highway Boom 182

Part 3 Bulldozers of the Mind

6 Unearthing "Benny the Bulldozer": Children's Books and Tonka Trucks 221

7 Bulldozers as Paintbrushes: Earthworks and Building Cuts in Conceptual Art 251

Conclusion: Toward a Culture of Conservation 287

Notes 307

Index 369

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