Profiling the ten most populous cities in the United States during ten critical eras of political development, Cities in American Political History presents a unique singular focus on American cities, their government and politics, industry, commerce, labor, and race and ethnicity. This title analyzes the role that large cities from New York to Chicago to San Jose have played in U.S. politics and policymaking. Each entry is structured for straightforward comparison across issues and eras. The city profiles include basic data and statistics for the era and are accompanied by maps of each era and the largest cities at that time.
Chapter 1. Cities in the Revolutionary Era, 1776–1790
Chapter 3. Cities in the Age of Jackson, 1828–1854
In the quarter century covered in this chapter, the United States expanded across the continent through four major land acquisitions, and six additional states were admitted into the Union. The Erie Canal was completed in 1825, and, largely as a result, the 1830 census marked the first time that a northwestern city, Cincinnati, ...