Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

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It is a paradox of American life that we are a highly urbanized nation filled with people deeply ambivalent about urban life. An aversion to urban density and all that it contributes to urban life, and a perception that the city was the place where "big government" first took root in America fostered what historian Steven Conn terms the "anti-urban impulse." In response, anti-urbanists called for the decentralization of the city, and rejected the role of government in American life in favor of a return to the pioneer virtues of independence and self-sufficiency.

About the Author

Steven Conn is Professor and Director, Public History, Ohio State University. He is the author of, To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government; Metropolitan Philadelphia: Living in the Presence of the Past, among others; he is the co-editor of Building the Nation: Americans Write about Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Landscape.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780190636340
ISBN-10: 0190636343
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 394
Language: English