Cities of the Heartland

Cities of the Heartland

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest
Jon C. Teaford
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/22/1993
Format: Paperback 22 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20914-6
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1993

Recommended for all who want to learn about the origins of the contemporary urban crisis." —Library Journal

Teaford writes a definitive history of the transformation of "America's heartland" into the "Rust Belt," chronicling the development of the cities of the industrial Midwest as they challenged the urban supremacy of the East, from their heyday to the trying times of the 1970s and '80s. The early part of this century brought wealth and promise to the heartland: automobile production made Detroit a boomtown, and automobile-related industries enriched communities; Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of architects asserted the Midwest's aesthetic independence; Sherwood Anderson and Carl Sandburg established Chicago as a literary mecca; Jane Addams made the Illinois metropolis an urban laboratory for experiments in social justice. Soon, however, emerging Sunbelt cities began to rob such cities as Cincinnati, Saint Louis, and Chicago of their distinction as boom areas, foreshadowing urban crisis.

Author Bio

JON C. TEAFORD is Professor of History at Purdue University. He is the author of a number of previous books on American urban history, including City and Suburb: The Political Fragmentation of Metropolitan America, 1850–1970 and The Rough Road to Renaissance: Urban Revitalization in America, 1940–1985.

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Table of Contents

The Urban Heartland

1. Creating the Urban Network
2. The Emerging Center of Urban America
3. Skyscrapers, Symphonies, and Ballparks: The Changing Physical and Cultural Complexion of the City
4. Automobiles and Reform: The Midwest Lead the Nation
5. In the Cultural Vanguard
6. After the Heyday
7. The Making of the Rust Belt

After Two Centuries