Cities in American History

Cities in American History

Cities in American History

Cities in American History

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This book is designed primarily for use in courses in urban history or urban studies or as supplementary reading in an American history survey. Because much of the work being accomplished in this field is interdisciplinary and is by young scholars, the editors have sought to acquaint students with the most recent interpretations available and with a large sampling of the exciting questions now being studied. Eleven of the essays that follow were written especially for this book by some of the most talented young scholars now studying the city in American history. The reprinted selections, chosen on the basis of their significance, readability, and general interest, are also recent; only one was published before 1962, and all but four are dated 1965 or later. In a single volume of readings covering a broadly defined subject, the problem of proportionment is especially difficult. The editors have tried to provide a broad geographical coverage of American cities, giving special attention to the "inarticulate" elements of those cities--the common man, the ethnic minorities, the blacks--and to the historical dimension of problems now disturbing the urban populace--mass transit, public education, vice, racial violence, metropolitan government, and city planning. In several of the essays, concepts and techniques of social science are used to test hypotheses relating to the city; most of the other selections are analytical as well as descriptive. The editors have contributed interpretive commentaries and have concluded the book with their suggestions for further readings.

The editors wish to acknowledge their gratitude for the cooperative spirit of the individual authors who contributed essays specifically for this volume. Professor Zane L. Miller of the University of Cincinnati offered a number of ideas which the editors found exceedingly helpful. Our thanks are also due Estelle Freedman of Columbia University, Paul Berkowitz of the University of Wisconsin, Arthur Strimling, Judith Rosenberg, and James Wittenmyer of Alfred A. Knopf, and especially our wives, Barbara and Dorothea.

KENNETH T. JACKSON New York City

STANLEY K. SCHULTZ Madison, Wisconsin . . .

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