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Greenbelt, Maryland: A Living Legacy of the New Deal (Creating the North American Landscape) Hardcover – March 9, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Creating the North American Landscape
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; First edition (March 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801864909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801864902
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,151,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As the first in-depth analysis of one of the nation's planned towns, the book... provides a comprehensive account of the origin of Greenbelt as a planned community... Knepper deserves praise for effectively combining history and ethnography in her work, a rather difficult methodological approach." -- James C. Saku, The Professional Geographer

"[Greenbelt, Maryland] is a good story, and a refreshing change from today's capitalist-saturated public policies." -- Planning

"Through studies such as this, we can gain at least some sense of how certain communities, carefully planned and well launched, have continued to thrive in the face of serious problems." -- Joseph L. Arnold, Maryland Historical Magazine

"Cathy Knepper presents a compelling view of one of this country's greatest experiences in creating a community." -- Hazel Ruth Edwards, APA Journal

"Finely illustrated and detailed in its analysis." -- Joshua Olsen, H-DC, H-Net Reviews

"[Cathy D. Knepper] illuminates what few other planning scholars touch, namely, the inner workings of the community. Greenbelt, Maryland should help historians and practitioners better understand how planning was able to fashion and sustain that elusive trait commonly referred to as community." -- Christopher Silver, Journal of American History

"This is an important study, not only because it highlights a landmark in American urban design, but because the approach raises questions as to how we have chosen to evaluate British new communities in academic texts." -- Brian Goodey, Rudi

"Greenbelt is a very important part of twentieth-century urban history. Knepper's work is an excellent documentation of that history, well illustrated with both maps and photographs." -- Dean Sinclair, Historical Geography

"As the first full-scale assessment of one of the nation's foremost planned communities, this book is unique. More importantly, it examines the ideological changes that have occurred in Greenbelt up to the present -- a very important issue in light of its atypical origins as a New Deal community. Combining archival materials with contemporary interviews gives the subject a sense of immediacy that many historical interpretations lack." -- Arnold R. Alanen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The book is... as unique as its subject." -- J. Brooks Flippen, Material Culture

About the Author

Cathy D. Knepper has written extensively on the New Deal and works for Amnesty International.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By France Kassing on September 2, 2001
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What a powerful story Dr. Knepper tells of this entirely planned community originally created as an experiment in socialism. In addition to a thorough description of historical details and events, each person is so vividly painted in their full complexities as to make this a fascinating and almost breezy read.
I was captivated by this town who brought a developer's greed all the way to the Supreme Court, and the Capraesque fashion in which this community dealt with the McCarthy era witch hunt. I cannot recommend this enough as a sociology or government text book, as well as a worthy addition to any personal library.
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I received this book as a gift when I moved to the town of Greenbelt, Maryland. I found the story fascinating and loved learning so much history of my new hometown. Greenbelt was part of Roosevelt's New Deal so the history would be interesting to anyone - be they a resident of this town or not. My sister recently moved to Greenbelt and I passed on the tradition and gave her a copy of this book as a housewarming gift.
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