Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:15 am -12:10 pm
Dr. David Stradling
This mixed lecture and discussion course will examine the growth and eventual decline of American cities, with a particular emphasis on the development of urban culture through the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
The course will investigate the influence of democracy, capitalism, and industrialism in shaping urban America. Paying particularly close attention to urban geography, we will study the roles of gender, class, and race in shaping the urban landscape. The class will analyze the way the city itself has influenced events.
This course will also emphasize the many problems that urbanity has caused for a political economy developed to serve an agrarian society.
The latter half of the course will focus on suburbanization and the developing urban crisis of the late twentieth century.