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Author Fairfield, John D., 1955-

Title The public and its possibilities : triumphs and tragedies in the American city / John D. Fairfield

Publ Info Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2010
 RWU Main Library  HT123 .F28 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 355 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Urban life, landscape, and policy
Contents Preface: The Public and Its Possibilities -- Introduction: Liberalism and the Civic Strand in the American Past -- Civic Aspirations and Liberal Values -- An Urban Thesis -- Civic Aspirations and Market Development in a Long Age of Revolution -- Democratizing the Republican Ideal of Citizenship: Virtue, Interests, and the Citizen-Proprietor in the Revolutionary Era -- Creating Citizens in a Commercial Republic: Market Transformation and the Free Labor Ideal, 1812-1873 -- The Short, Strange Career of Laissez-Faire: Liberal Reformers and Genteel Culture in the Gilded Age -- Popular Culture, Political Culture: Building a Democratic Public -- The Democratic Public in City and Nation: The Jacksonian City and the Limits of Antislavery -- The Democratic Public Discredited: The New York City Draft Riots and Urban Reconstruction, 1850-1872 -- Cultural Hierarchy and Good Government: The Democratic Public in Eclipse -- The Public in Progressivism and War -- The Republican Movement: The Rediscovery of the Public in the Progressive Era -- The Public Goes to War but Does Not Come Back -- A Democracy of Consumers -- From Economic Democracy to Social Security: The Labor Movement and the Rise of the Welfare/Warfare State -- Constructing a Consumer Culture: Redirecting Leisure from Civic Engagement to Insatiable Desire -- Private Vision, Public Resources: Mass Suburbanization and the Decline of the City -- Conclusion: The Future of the City: Civic Renewal and Environmental Politics
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
LC subject City and town life -- United States -- History
Community life -- United States -- History
Civic improvement -- United States -- History
Popular culture -- United States -- History
Political culture -- United States -- History
Political participation -- United States -- History
United States -- Social conditions
United States -- Intellectual life
United States -- Politics and government
United States -- Social policy
ISBN 9781439902103 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1439902100 (hardcover : alk. paper)