City of American Dreams
A History of Home Ownership and Housing Reform in Chicago, 1871-1919
By (author) Margaret Garb
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City of American Dreams by Margaret Garb
Book DescriptionThe recent housing market crash shattered Americans' boundless faith in home ownership. "City of American Dreams" is an innovative history of our national obsession with real estate. Margaret Garb reveals that the aspiration for single-family home ownership was forged in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods in industrializing cities. It was late nineteenth-century health and housing reformers who, along with the talented marketing of real estate developers, transformed an immigrant ideal into a mark of the middle class and the American Dream. After 1900, the pursuit of home ownership was inextricably linked to growing racial segregation in northern cities, ultimately leading to the emergence of urban landscapes sharply divided by race and class. Garb demonstrates that the very essence of the American Dream - the single-family house set on a tidy yard - was neither natural nor an inevitable expression of American identity. Rather, it resulted from decades of struggle among homeowners, builders, developers, reformers, and policy makers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226282091
(60mm x 90mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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City of American Dreams, Paperback (January 2012)» View all books by Margaret Garb
The housing market crash shattered Americans' boundless faith in home ownership. This title tells a history of our national obsession with real estate. It reveals that the aspiration for single-family home ownership was forged in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods in industrializing cities.
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Author Biography - Margaret Garb
Margaret Garb is associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis.
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