Dive deep into Kenneth T. Jackson’s Crabgrass Frontier with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. CRABGRASS. FRONTIER. /1’1. The Suburbanization of the United States. Kenneth 1: Jackson. New York. Oxford. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. -~. Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, In Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth T.

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Sep 03, Nathan Albright rated it it was ok Shelves: Archived from the original PDF on Very thorough historical perspective of suburban sprawl in the US; informative and an enjoyable read.

Anyway, this is definitely a good one. ComiXology Thousands frontker Digital Comics. For thousands of years, people lived in either the country or the city, but with the coming of the industrial revolution that changed, and especially in America.

While he does cite some connections to English antecedents, he clearly sees its development in the United States as being a singularly American feature. While until the midth century cities were able by state law or the approval of state legislators, to annex the territory around their periphery, as minority communities sought political and social empowerment, white suburbs increasingly fought to remain separate.

Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and Next The Power of Public Shaming: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The ranch house of postwar America no longer embodied typical construction.

Seemingly as soon as they were able, the wealthy and later the middle class abandoned the cities in favor of neighborhoods set in the country, first commuting into the city and then commuting to other areas outside it once jobs followed the wealth out of town.

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He does not do so to an overbearing degree, and the book does not turn into a screed or polemic. Encouraged by the emergence of new cities of wartime production and government assistance for veterans, increasing numbers of Americans could afford to buy homes.

He argues that suburbs, though they differ in actual racial and class composition, they came to mean a place of normal American identity, where all could buy into homeownership and self suffiency, displacing the city as where the middle to affluent classes resided. He provides statistical analysis for financial reasons to move further from jobs and psychological and social reasons for moving away from city congestion to create residential retreats. This is probably the first comprehensive study of suburbanization.

Racial prejudice also drove white residents out of the cities; whites assumed that the presence of black, Latinx, or European minorities would ruin their neighborhood. There was so much amazing info I took 25 screencaps of Kindle pages I’m happy to send them if you doubt any of the below points! Jackson also explains how many suburban developers used ownership in trolley, horse car, or rail systems to promote development in suburban communities by establishing transport routes and offering commuter short rail service and competitive fare rates.

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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson

What is not clear is why he finds it necessary to ignore the English and European antecedents of suburbs. Considered a foundational book in the study of the US suburbs, it really lays out the historical development of suburbs in the United States. I chose to read this book despite thinking that it would be obviously out of date and come to the wrong sort of conclusions because it was written in But before all of that, perhaps the most haunting aspect of this book is the dedication to Jackson’s son, who had died in a car accident.


In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: Transportation was the key to the rapid spread of the suburb beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when commuter railroads and horse cars made it possible to travel easily between the city and the outlying area.

This phenomenon runs counter to much of the rest of the world, where slums mostly exist outside the ctabgrass, rather than within them. But all in all it is definitely worth the read. As a Canadian, I find it difficult to accept that Americans were exceptional in developing suburban models of growth.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

American cities annexed adjacent land and grew steadily Jacksons focus is on America, but along the way he provides a window of comparison to the Countries that sit on the otherside of the great pond.

Types of housing changed as well. This has much to do with legislation that remains complicated and difficult to this day the book expounds on the problem of annexation of suburb lands to jacksob population size.