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 7. Cities in the Great Depression, 1929–1941
The period covered in this chapter starts with the onset of the Great Depression—the culmination of an economy increasingly concentrated in a few industries, weak consumer demand combined with high debt, and bankrupt European nations defaulting on debts, punctuated by a dramatic decline in stock market prices in October 1929—and it ends with the Japanese ...