9781592139972

To the City

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  • ISBN13:

    9781592139972

  • ISBN10:

    1592139973

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-12-22
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr

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Summary

In the 1930s and 1940s, as the United States moved from a rural to an urban nation, the pull of the city was irrepressible. It was so strong that even a photographic mission designed to record the essence of rural America could not help but capture the energy of urbanization too. To the City showcases over 100 photographs from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) project along with extracts from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) guidebooks and oral histories, to convey the detail and dimensions of that transformation.This artfully grouped collection of photographs includes magnificent images by notable photographers Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Gordon Parks, among many others. Foulkes organizes this history of Americana into five themes: Intersection; Traffic; High Life and Low Life; The City in the Country; and Citizens to illuminate the changes in habits, landscapes, and aspirations that the march to cities encompassed.As the rural past holds symbolic sway and the suburb presents demographic force, the urban portion of our history-why and how cities have been a destination for hope-recedes from view. To the City is a thoughtful, engaging reminder. This book will make an excellent addition to undergraduate courses in U.S. urban history.

Author Biography

Julia L. Foulkes is an Associate Professor of History at The New School and the author of Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey. She has served as an advisor for the PBS documentary Free to Dance, and was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Potsdam University in Germany.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Intersectionp. 11
Photo Galleryp. 15
Trafficp. 33
Photo Galleryp. 36
High Life and Low Lifep. 55
Photo Galleryp. 59
The City in the Countryp. 77
Photo Galleryp. 81
Citizensp. 99
Photo Galleryp. 103
Notesp. 121
Indexp. 127
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