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Published: 16 April 1987

432 Pages | photos

ISBN: 9780195049831

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Crabgrass Frontier

The Suburbanization of the United States

Kenneth T. Jackson

This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how "the good life" in America came to be equated with the a home of one's own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace. Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and taking into account such factors as the availability of cheap land, inexpensive building methods, and rapid transportation, Kenneth Jackson chronicles the phenomenal growth of the American suburb from the middle of the 19th century to the present day.