City of American Dreams: A History of Home Ownership and Housing Reform in Chicago, 1871-1919
Paperback. 280 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 5.9in. x 0.8in.In this vivid portrait of life in Chicago in the fifty years after the Civil War, Margaret Garb traces the history of the American celebration of home ownership. As the nation moved from an agrarian to an industrialized urban society, the competing visions of capitalists, reformers, and immigrants turned the urban landscape into a testing ground for American values. Neither a natural progression nor an inevitable outcome, the ideal of home ownership emerged from the struggles of industrializing cities. Garb skillfully narrates these struggles, showing how the American infatuation with home ownership left the nations cities sharply divided along class and racial lines. Based on research of real estate markets, housing and health reform, and ordinary homeownersAfrican American and white, affluent and working classCity of American Dreams provides a richly detailed picture of life in one of Americas great urban centers. Garb shows that the pursuit of a single-family house set on a tidy yard, commonly seen as the very essence of the American dream, resulted from clashes of interests and decades of struggle. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780226282107
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About the Author:Margaret Garb is associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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