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The transformation of the United States from a rural, bucolic land of farmers to a metropolitan, industrialized powerhouse is one of the major themes of American history. As the focus shifted from the countryside, the story of American life became increasingly rooted in the environs of the city.
The Human Tradition in Urban America is a collection of biographies that offers an intimate telling of America's evolution into an urban nation through the experiences of individuals. This book considers the growth of American cities by carefully looking at the lives of those people-some who are famous, some who are not so well known-who contributed to this important transition in the country's history. The Human Tradition in Urban America covers the eighteenth through twentieth centuries and is well balanced with respect to race, region, and gender.This collection of mini-biographies shows students that the formation of America's new structure and environment was not simply the product of some mysterious blend of impersonal forces, but instead was the handiwork of a rich variety of human actors. The Human Tradition in Urban America is an accessible, readable, and significant addition to the literature on urban history
About the Author
Roger Biles is professor of history at East Carolina University.
Table of Contents
|Jeremiah Dummer: From Puritan Son to Worldy Gentleman By Phyllis Whitman Hunter|
|Andrew Jackson Downing: Promoter of City Parks and Suburbs By David Schuyler|
|Francis L. Cardozo: An Early African-American Urban Educator By Bernard E. Powers Jr.|
|Alexander R. Shepherd: The Haussmannization of Washington By Alan Lessoff|
|Franklin Julian Sprague: The Father of Electric Urban Mass Transit in the United States By Martha J. Bianco|
|Charles A. Comiskey: Baseball as American Pastime and Tragedy By Douglas E. Bukowski|
|Lillian Wald: Meeting the Needs of Neighborhoods, 1893-1933 By Judith Ann Trolander|
|Billy Sunday: Urban Prophet of Hope By Lyle W. Dorsett and Nancy Grisham|
|Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana's Frenzied Philanthropist By Robert G. Barrows|
|Catherine Bauer: The Struggle for "Modern Housing" in America, 1930-1960 By John F. Bauman|
|Robert Moses: Relentless Progressive By Joel Schwartz|
|Coleman A. Young: Race and the Reshaping of Postwar Urban Politics By Heather Thompson|
|Elizabeth Virrick: The "Concrete Monsters" and Housing Reform in Postwar Miami By Raymond A. Mohl|
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Michael H. Ebner
Skillfully edited by Roger Biles, this innovative book will prove itself enticing.