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Author Goff, Lisa, author
Title Shantytown, USA : forgotten landscapes of the working poor / Lisa Goff
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016
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 人文社會聯圖  HD7287.96.U6 G64 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020502647
Descript xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-292) and index
Walden, a shanty or a house? -- Shanties on the western frontier -- Shantytowns on the urban frontier -- A working-class ideology of dwelling -- Shantytown's Broadway debut -- Transformed by art and journalism -- African American shantytowns -- Depression-era shantytowns
"Mention "shantytowns" today and the universal assumption is that you'll be talking about exploding slums in a developing nation in Africa, South Asia, or South America. This book adds the United States to the international discourse on shantytowns, tracing their appearance on both the western and urban frontiers of the young nation starting in the 1820s, and tracking them through the urbanization and industrialization that convulsed the country in the decades leading up to and following the Civil War. Drawing on a wealth of unexamined texts, images, popular music, and films, filtered through the lens of scholarship on everyday landscapes, Shantytown USA restores shantytowns to the central place they once occupied in the nation's imagination, and on its landscape."--Provided by publisher
Subject Squatter settlements -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Squatter settlements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Slums -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Slums -- United States -- History -- 20th century
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