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Bourgeois nightmares : suburbia, 1870-1930 /
Robert M. Fogelson.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
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264 p.
ISBN
0300108761 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
isbn
0300108761 (alk. paper)
contents note
Suburbia, 1870-1930 : the quest for permanence -- Bourgeois nightmares : fears of almost everyone and everything.
catalogue key
5626640
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert M. Fogelson is professor of urban studies and history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-10-01:
Suburban dreams invariably connect to visions of elbow room, sylvan vistas, and community shared with the "right sort" of people. In this compact and stylish book, Fogelson (MIT) examines the phenomenon of deed restrictions, which represent an underside to the "bourgeois utopia" phenomenon identified by Robert Fishman. Conceived by subdividers and fueled by buyers' desire to secure their investments, deed restrictions gained currency early in the 20th century, focusing not simply on categories of people who would be excluded from specific developments (e.g,. blacks and Jews), but also on quality of life. Hence, there arose increasingly stringent restrictions on commercial and industrial enterprise and even on the keeping of domestic animals. (Cows, horses, and goats were particular targets of restrictions.) Fogelson's discussion of the rise and implications of deed restrictions is illuminating. But his insistence that such restrictions reflect a "dark" element in suburbia seems exaggerated. Homeowners have always sought assurances of permanence. Deed restrictions are not egalitarian by nature; but then, neither is any market-driven enterprise. And as Fogelson himself observes, restrictions are alive and well in the 21st-century US. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. M. J. Birkner Gettysburg College
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Review Quotes
"This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy."Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author of Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy. Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author of Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
�This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy.��Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author of Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
""Bourgeois Nightmares "is an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come."--Douglas W. Rae, author of "City: Urbanism and Its End"
"This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy."--Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author of "Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia"
"This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy."Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author ofBourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself, Bourgeois Nightmares explains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis. Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America
�Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, Bourgeois Nightmares is a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia.��Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, Bourgeois Nightmares is a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia. Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
"Bourgeois Nightmaresis an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come."-Douglas W. Rae, author ofCity: Urbanism and Its End
"Bourgeois Nightmaresis an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come."Douglas W. Rae, author ofCity: Urbanism and Its End
�Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself, Bourgeois Nightmares explains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis.��Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America
"Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself, Bourgeois Nightmaresexplains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis."Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America
"Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself, "Bourgeois Nightmares" explains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis."--Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of "Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America"
"Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself,Bourgeois Nightmaresexplains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis."Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author ofBuilding the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America
"In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fearnot future-looking optimismshaped the geography of metropolitan America."Thomas J. Sugrue, Nation
�In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear�not future-looking optimism�shaped the geography of metropolitan America.��Thomas J. Sugrue, Nation
In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear not future-looking optimism shaped the geography of metropolitan America. Thomas J. Sugrue, Nation
"In his deeply researched and well-written book ." "Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear-not future-looking optimism-shaped the geography of metropolitan America."-Thomas J. Sugrue, "Nation" -- Thomas J. Sugrue "Nation"
"Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself, Bourgeois Nightmares explains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis."-Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America
�Fogelson systematically examines for the first time the phenomenon of restrictive covenants from a historical perspective, telling us much about the impact they have had (and continue to have) on where and how we live. This book is essential reading.��Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
Fogelson systematically examines for the first time the phenomenon of restrictive covenants from a historical perspective, telling us much about the impact they have had (and continue to have) on where and how we live. This book is essential reading. Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
"In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear-not future-looking optimism-shaped the geography of metropolitan America."-Thomas J. Sugrue,Nation
"In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fearnot future-looking optimismshaped the geography of metropolitan America."Thomas J. Sugrue,Nation
"In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear--not future-looking optimism--shaped the geography of metropolitan America."--Thomas J. Sugrue, "Nation"
"In his deeply researched and well-written book," "Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear-not future-looking optimism-shaped the geography of metropolitan America."-Thomas J. Sugrue, "Nation"
�Bourgeois Nightmares is an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come.��Douglas W. Rae, author of City: Urbanism and Its End
"Fascinating."Barbara Fisher,Boston Globe
"Fascinating." -- Barbara Fisher "Boston Globe"
"Fascinating."--Barbara Fisher, "Boston Globe"
"Fascinating." Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
"Fascinating."�Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
"Fascinating."Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
"Fogelson systematically examines for the first time the phenomenon of restrictive covenants from a historical perspective, telling us much about the impact they have had (and continue to have) on where and how we live. This book is essential reading."-Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
"Fogelson systematically examines for the first time the phenomenon of restrictive covenants from a historical perspective, telling us much about the impact they have had (and continue to have) on where and how we live. This book is essential reading."Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
Bourgeois Nightmares is an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come. Douglas W. Rae, author of City: Urbanism and Its End
"Fascinating."-Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
"Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, "Bourgeois Nightmares" is a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia."--Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of "Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government"""
"Fogelson systematically examines for the first time the phenomenon of restrictive covenants from a historical perspective, telling us much about the impact they have had (and continue to have) on where and how we live. This book is essential reading."--Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
"Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, Bourgeois Nightmaresis a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia."Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
"Bourgeois Nightmaresis an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come."Douglas W. Rae, author of City: Urbanism and Its End
"Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery,Bourgeois Nightmaresis a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia."Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author ofPrivatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
"Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the natiion, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, Bourgeois Nightmares is a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia."-Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
"Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, Bourgeois Nightmares is a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia."-Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
"This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy."-Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author of Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
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Summaries
Short Annotation
The quintessential American suburbs, with their gracious single-family homes, large green lawns, and leaf-shaded streets, reflected not only residents dreams but nightmares, not only hopes but fears: fear of others, of racial minorities and lowincome groups, fear of themselves, fear of the market, and, above all, fear of change.
Long Description
The quintessential American suburbs, with their gracious single-family homes, large green lawns, and leaf-shaded streets, reflected not only residents' dreams but nightmares, not only hopes but fears: fear of others, of racial minorities and lowincome groups, fear of themselves, fear of the market, and, above all, fear of change. These fears, and the restrictive covenants that embodied them, are the subject of Robert M. Fogelson's fascinating new book. As Fogelson reveals, suburban subdividers attempted to cope with the deep-seated fears of unwanted change, especially the encroachment of "undesirable" people and activities, by imposing a wide range of restrictions on the lots. These restrictions ranged from mandating minimum costs and architectural styles for the houses to forbidding the owners to sell or lease their property to any member of a host of racial, ethnic, and religious groups. These restrictions, many of which are still commonly employed, tell us as much about the complexities of American society today as about its complexities a century ago.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Suburbia, 1870-1930: The Quest for Permanencep. 25
Bourgeois Nightmares: Fears of Almost Everyone and Everythingp. 117
Epiloguep. 201
Notesp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 254
Indexp. 256
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