America's Urban History
Routledge – 2014 – 352 pages
The American Urban Promise: A Brief History serves as both a companion to the authors' previous anthology The American Urban Reader: History and Theory and a stand-alone text in American urban history. While the reader offered an anthology of the most important works in American urban history, and included some of the important primary sources, the text provides readers with a chronological and thematic narrative of the evolution of American urban history from Native American settlements, to the largest exurbs of today.
Written in an engaging, accessible style, the text also includes images, maps, graphs and illustrations, and through the inclusion of short, targeted bibliographies and a full companion website, The American Urban Promise will be the first stop for students seeking further information on the American urban experience.
Introduction: The Promise of the City on the Hill
Chapter One: Cahokia and the Long House: Native American Settlements
Chapter Two: Plant in Towns: European Settlement of the New World
Chapter Three: The Urban Frontier: A New Republic
Chapter Four: The Urban Cauldron: Problems and Progress
Chapter Five: The Urban Nation: Middeltown and Metropolis
Chapter Six: New Deal, New Cities
Chapter Seven: Postwar Metropolis: Cities, Suburbs, and Exurbs
Chapter Eight: The Urban Crisis: Riots, Fires, and White Flight
Chapter Nine: Revival and Renaissance: Cities Bounce Back
Chapter Ten: The Virtual City
Epilogue: The American Urban Prospect