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By Joshua B. Freeman

A compelling examine the routine and advancements that propelled the USA to global dominance

In this landmark paintings, acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman has created an epic portrait of a country either galvanized through swap and pushed via clash. starting in 1945, the industrial juggernaut woke up via international conflict II reworked a rustic as soon as outlined through its local personality right into a uniform and cohesive energy and set the degree for the United States’ upward thrust to worldwide dominance. in the meantime, Freeman locates the profound tragedy that has formed the trail of yank civic existence, unfolding how the civil rights and exertions hobbies labored for many years to amplify the rights of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens, in simple terms to observe energy finally slip from person voters to non-public businesses. relocating via McCarthyism and Vietnam, from the good Society to Morning in the USA, Joshua Freeman’s sweeping tale of a nation’s upward push finds forces at play that would proceed to impact the long run position of yankee impression and can within the larger global.

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The nation’s young cities were stumbling forward in a brash experiment. Some of them sprang up seemingly overnight and were brimming more with Jefferson’s pestilence than with urbanity and grandeur. The railroads made these cities possible. Yet railroads took up a lot of prime real estate, and they were pretty messy as well. The nineteenthcentury American city was, above all, an expression of industrialization. It was only in the latter half of the century that planners and politicians and architects finally came together to come up with some better packaging for this mode of living.

In one block on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, 2,800 people were crammed into six-story buildings, with only two hundred toilets and no ventilation for most of the rooms. The response to these conditions became the foundation for American liberalism. Jane Addams, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, agitated for safe working conditions, peace in the face of World War I, and better race relations (she helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). She also started the tradition of settlement houses, which provided community and social services to the poor.

The image of the city, tainted by the experience of industrialization, would never recover. My own family followed the script, moving in 1957 from the Manhattan’s dense and urbane Stuyvesant Town to Dobbs Ferry, New York, on the banks of the Hudson River, and then to Wilton, Connecticut. My mother smoked and played bridge and walked the babies in carriages. My father took the train into the city. Even that aspect of suburban life would diminish in the years ahead, as major companies quit downtowns for suburban office parks, relocating to the hermetically sealed buildings made possible by modern air conditioning.

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