A comprehensive survey of the dynamics of American urbanization from the sixteenth century to the present. The authors blend historical perspectives on society, economics, politics, and policy, while focusing on the ways in which diverse peoples have inhabited and interacted in cities. The book tackles ethnic and racial minority issues, offers multiple perspectives on women, and highlights urbanization's constantly shifting nature.
A broad survey of American urbanization organized chronologically and integrating political, social, and economic history. Chudacoff (Brown U.) and Smith (U. of Mass-Boston) investigate such questions as why people go to the city, what they find there, how they cope, what they contribute, and how they are rewarded. Earlier editions appeared from 1975 to 1994. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)