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2nd Edition

America's Urban History

  • Available for pre-order on June 20, 2023. Item will ship after July 11, 2023
ISBN 9781032136073
July 11, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
472 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this second edition, America’s Urban History now includes contemporary analysis of race, immigration, and cities under the Trump administration and has been fully updated with new scholarship on early urbanization, mass incarceration and cities, the Great Society, the diversification of the suburbs, and environmental justice.

The United States is one of the most heavily urbanized places in the world, and its urban history is essential to understanding the fundamental narrative of American history. This book is an accessible overview of the history of American cities, including Indigenous settlements, colonial America, the American West, the postwar metropolis, and the present-day landscape of suburban sprawl and an urbanized population. It examines the ways in which urbanization is connected to divisions of society along the lines of race, class, and gender, but it also studies how cities have been sources of opportunity, hope, and success for individuals and the nation. Images, maps, tables, and a guide to further reading provide engaging accompaniment to illustrate key concepts and themes.

Spanning centuries of America’s urban past, this book’s depth and insight make it an ideal text for students and scholars in urban studies and American history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: American History as Urban History  1. Indigenous American Settlements: Pre-Colonial and Seventeeth Century Urbanization  2. Transplanting Cities and Urban Networks: Spain, France, and the Netherlands in Colonial America, 1565-1821  3. City, Plantation, Metropolis: The Anglo-American Urban Experience, 1587-1800  4. An Urban Frontier: The American West, 1800-1869  5. The Urban Cauldron: City Growth and the Rise of Social Reform, 1820-1920  6. The Urban Nation: Middletown and Metropolis, 1920-1932  7. New Deal, New Cities: The 1930s  8. War and Postwar Metropolis: Cites, Suburbs, and Exurbs, 1940s-1950s  9. The Frontier of Imagination: American Cities in the 1960s  10. Attempting Revival and Renaissance: The 1970s-1980s  11. The Neoliberal City: Fear, Vulnerability, and Inequality, 1990-2015  12. America’s Urban Promise and the Lingering Tensions of Race, 2016-Present

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Lisa Krissoff Boehm is Dean, College of Graduate Studies, and Professor of History and American Studies at Bridgewater State University. With Steven. H. Corey, she is co-editor of The American Urban Reader Second Edition (Routledge, 2020). Boehm is also the author of Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago (2004) and Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (2009).

Steven H. Corey is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago. He is co-editor, with Carl A. Zimring, of Coastal Metropolis: Environmental Histories of Modern New York City (2021) and with Lisa Krissoff Boehm of The American Urban Reader Second Edition (Routledge, 2020).