- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (April 16, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195049837
- ISBN-13: 978-0195049831
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States 1st Edition
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"A compelling narrative.... Jackson traces the consequences of the predominantly North American process [of suburbanization] through three centuries of technological, economic and social innovation."--Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author of The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930; Cities in American History; and a number of other books.
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Even though this book is relatively old, it contains arguments and definitions which are pretty much valid today, and predictions made about a city and countryside comeback due to suburbs decay and the rejection - at least for the most part - of a fragmented labor force, with white-color professionals working from the comfort and convenience of their own homes have proven to be accurate. After all, everything that goes up, must come down according to the gravity law...or everything that spreads outwards, must come inwards for that matter.
This is neither a pro nor an anti suburbanization piece of work, although it sometimes attributes social stratification and other inner city illnesses to this pattern of urban development. Rather, it describes what, when, how and why things are the way they appear today. It's a union of two other great books on the subject (the ones referred above) that is worth reading, especially those interested in urban planning and social and economical development.