11.014J | Fall 2011 | Undergraduate

American Urban History II


1 Introduction  No readings
2 Parks

Blodgett, Geoffrey. “Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscape Architecture as Conservative Reform.” Journal of American History 62, no. 4 (1976): 869–89.

Stewart, Ian R. “Politics and the Park.” New York Historical Society Quarterly (1977): 124–55.

Buy at MIT Press Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr., and Theodora Kimball, eds. Forty Years of Landscape Architecture: Central Park. MIT Press, 1973, pp. 18-67. ISBN: 9780262650069.

Rosenzweig, Roy. Chapter 5 in Eight Hours For What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920. Cambridge University Press, 1985. ISBN: 9780521313971. [Preview with Google Books]

Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr., and Theodora Kimball Hubbard, eds. Frederick Law Olmsted, Landscape Architect, 1822-1903. Nabu Press, 2011, pp. 451–65. ISBN: 9781178699555.

3 Amusement Parks

Coney Island. PBS., 1991. (Film)

Kasson, John. Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century. Hill and Wang, 1978. ISBN: 9780809001330.

Peiss, Kathy. Chapter 5 in Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Temple University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780877225003.

Findlay, John M. Chapter 2 in Magic Lands: Western Cityscapes and American Culture After 1940. University of California Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780520084353.

4 First discussion of Term Papers  No readings
5 Suburbs

“Palos Verdes Protective Restrictions.” Palos Verdes Bulletin 4 (1928): 4–5.

Fogelson, Robert M. Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870-1930. Yale University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780300108767.

6 Tenements

Lubove, Roy. Chapters 2, 4, and 5 in The Progressives and the Slums: Tenement House Reform in New York City 1890-1917. Greenwood Press, 1974. ISBN: 9780837174877.

Riis, Jacob. Chapters 1–8, and 21 in How the Other Half Lives. Bedford, 1996. ISBN: 9780312117009.

Flagg, Ernest, and Robert A. Woods. “The New York Tenement-House Evil and Its Cure.” In Poor in Great Cities: Their Problems and What Is Doing to Solve Them. Ayer, 1971, pp. 370–92. ISBN: 9780405031311.

Newman, Oscar. Chapter 2 in Defensible Space; Crime Prevention Through Urban Design. Macmillan, 1973. ISBN: 9780020007500.

Freedman, Jonathan. Chapters 1 and 5 in Crowding and Behavior. W. H. Freeman, 1975. ISBN: 9780716707509.

7 Second discussion of term papers No readings
8 Skyscraper

Goldberger, Paul. Chapter 1 in The Skyscraper. Knopf, 1983. ISBN: 9780394715865.

Schuyler, Montgomery. American Architecture and Other Writings. Edited by William H. Jordy and Ralph Coe. Belknap Press, 1961, pp. 442–52. ISBN: 9780674019003.

Fogelson, Robert M. Chapter 3 in Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950. Yale University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780300098273.

Neil, J. M. “Paris or New York? The Shaping of Downtown Seattle, 1903-14.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 75, no. 1 (1984): 22–33.

Civic Development Department, Chamber of Commerce of the United States. “Economic Height of Buildings: The Skyscraper Attacked and Defended.” Washington, DC, 1927, pp. 3–31.

9 Department Stores

Tarr, Joel A. “The Chicago Anti-Department Store Crusade of 1897.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 64, no. 2 (1971): 161–72.

Barth, Gunther. City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. Oxford University Press, 1982, pp. 110–47. ISBN: 9780195031942. [Preview with Google Books]

Benson, Susan Porter. Chapters 3–4 in Counter Cultures: Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940. University of Illinois Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780252060137. [Preview with Google Books]

Boorstin, Daniel J. Chapter 10 in The Americans: The Democratic Experience. Random House, 1973. ISBN: 9780394487243.

Leach, William. True Love and Perfect Union: The Feminist Reform of Sex and Society. Basic Books, 1980, pp. 222–37. ISBN: 9780465087556.

10 Supermarkets

“Piggly Wiggly Contract Requirements, Etc.” Piggly Wiggly Home Office. Memphis, 1919.

Keats, John. What Ever Happened to Mom’s Apple Pie? Houghton Mifflin, 1976, pp. 101–7 and 127–34. ISBN: 9780395242988.

Packard, Vance. Chapter 10 in The Hidden Persuaders. Pocket, 1984. ISBN: 9780671531492.

Sicilia, David B. “Supermarket Sweep.” Audacity (1997): 11–9.

Buy at MIT Press Longstreth, Richard. Chapter 4 in The Drive-in, the Supermarket, and the Transformation of Commercial Space in Los Angeles, 1914–1941. MIT Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780262621427. [Preview with Google Books]

11 Public Baths

Williams, Marilyn Thornton. “Philanthropy in the Progressive Era: The Public Baths of Baltimore.” Maryland Historical Magazine, 1977, 118–31.

———. “New York City’s Public Baths.” Journal of Urban History 7, no. 1 (1980): 49–81.

Wilkie, Jacqueline S. “Submerged Sensuality: Technology and Perceptions of Bathing.” Journal of Social History 19, no. 4 (1986): 649–64.

Bushman, Richard L., and Claudia L. Bushman. “The Early History of Cleanliness in America.” Journal of American History 74, no. 4 (1988): 1213–38.

Hoy, Suellen. Chapter 4 in Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness. Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780195111286. [Preview with Google Books]

Gerhard, Wm. Paul. “The Modern Rain-Bath.” American Architect and Building News, February 10, 1894, 67–9.

12 Zoos

Horowitz, Helen. “The National Zoological Park: ‘City of Refuge’ or Zoo?Records of the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (1973–1974): 405–29.

———. “Seeing Ourselves Through the Bars: A Historical Tour of American Zoos.” Landscape 25, no. 2 (1981): 12–9.

Turner, James. Reckoning with the Beast: Animals, Pain, and Humanity in the Victorian Mind. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780801866777.

Berger, John. About Looking. Vintage, 1992, pp. 1–26. ISBN: 9780679736554.

13 Cemeteries

Aries, Philippe. “The Reversal of Death: Change in Attitudes Toward Death in Western Societies.” In Death in America. Edited by David Stannard. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1974, pp. 134–58. ISBN: 9780812210842.

French, Stanley. “The Cemetery as Cultural Institution: The Establishment of Mt. Auburn and the Rural Cemetery Movement.” American Quarterly 26, no. 1 (1974): 37–59.

Farrell, James J. Chapter 4 in Inventing the American Way of Death 1830–1920. Temple University Press, 1980. ISBN: 9780877221807.

Sloane, David Charles. Chapter 7 in The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780801851285.

Kasson, John F. Chapter 5 in Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America. Hill and Wang, 1990. ISBN: 9780809034703.

Schuyler, David A. The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of City Form in Nineteenth-Century America. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780801832314.

14 Conclusion  No readings

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