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The public and its possibilities : triumphs and tragedies in the American city

Author: John D Fairfield
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2010.
Series: Urban life, landscape, and policy.
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"In his compelling reinterpretation of American history, The Public and Its Possibilities, John Fairfield argues that our unrealized civic aspirations provide the essential counterpoint to an excessive focus on private interests. Inspired by the revolutionary generation, nineteenth-century Americans struggled to build an economy and a culture to complement their republican institutions. But over the course of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John D Fairfield
ISBN: 9781439902103 1439902100
OCLC Number: 440282036
Description: xii, 355 pages ; 24 cm.
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.
Series Title: Urban life, landscape, and policy.
Responsibility: John D. Fairfield.

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"A sustained argument about the repeated and resilient assertion of public democracy in American cities, and the forces that inhibited and subverted its full expression."-Mary Ryan, John Martin Read more...

 
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