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Westchester : The American Suburb (Paperback)

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Today, more than half of Americans live in suburbs. A far cry from the ocirc; crabgrass frontierouml; of modest bedroom communities built for urban strivers, todayAElig; s sprawling, self-contained suburbs define our cultural landscape. This fascinating book chronicles-in words and images-the history, development, and character of suburban America with an illuminating account of one of its signature places: Westchester, New York. Designed as a companion to a major exhibition at The Hudson River Museum, the book brings together original essays by leading historians and other experts, and a rich selection of photographs, paintings, maps, ephemera, and other images that track more than a century of growth, development, and change. The essays explore key themes that run through WestchesterAElig; s history: the new transportation grids that make all suburbs possible, the suburban house as a new focal point for family life, the creation of a new domesticity, consumerism and community, architecture and nature. Also covered is the representation of suburban life in film, literature, art, photography, and the media. From Washington IrvingAElig; s Sunnyside home built in 1830 to the virtual New Rochelle home of The Dick Van Dyke ShowAElig; s Rob and Laura Petrie, Westchester has been the iconic suburb-loved and hated, desired and abandoned. Like the exhibition whose name it shares, this book is not just a testimony to a time gone by-but a vivid and provocative encounter with the porches, patios, and parkways that define the American dream. Contributors: Bartholomew Bland, Michael Botwinick, Dolores Hayden, Lisa Keller, Kenneth Maddox, Priscilla Murolo, Eileen Panetta, Frank E. Sanchis III, StanleySolomon, Gray Williams, and Laura L. Vookles


Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823225941
SKU 202158682
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0823225941
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0468
Publisher Fordham University Press
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