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Cities of the Heartland Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest by Jon C. Teaford

Cities of the Heartland Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest

Part of the Midwestern History & Culture Series Series


Cities of the Heartland Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest by Jon C. Teaford

During the late 1800s, the rise of manufacturing, the first soaring skyscrapers, new symphony orchestras and art museums, and winning baseball teams all heralded the midwestern city's coming of age. Jon C. Teaford chronicles the development of these cities of the industrial Midwest as they challenged the urban supremacy of the East.


This is the best available study of midwestern cities of the US from the 1830s to the 1980s... Combined with the author's clear writing style and keen insight on how cities actually work, the result is an attractive synthesis that will find its way onto many syllabi. Choice Recommended for all who want to learn about the origins of the contemporary urban crisis. Library Journal

... well-written, clearly organized, thoroughly researched and informative. Cities ... Cities of the Heartland is the best history of the urban Midwest available today. It synthesizes earlier works with much new primary research to offer a descriptive and interpretive survey that is readable and quite comprehensive. Michigan Historical Review

About the Author

JON C. TEAFORD is Professor of History at Purdue University. He is the author of a number of previous books on American urban history, including City and Suburb: The Political Fragmentation of Metropolitan America, 1850-1970 and The Rough Road to Renaissance: Urban Revitalization in America, 1940-1985.

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Publication date

22nd April 1993


Jon C. Teaford

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Indiana University Press


316 pages





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