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Author Fogelson, Robert M.

Title Bourgeois nightmares : suburbia, 1870-1930 / Robert M. Fogelson
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (264 pages) : illustrations
Contents Suburbia, 1870-1930 : the quest for permanence -- Bourgeois nightmares : fears of almost everyone and everything
Summary 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 low-income 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 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 a century ago
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-253) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Real covenants -- United States.
Suburban life -- United States -- History.
Suburbs -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005009023
ISBN 0300126999 (electronic bk.)
9780300126990 (electronic bk.)