Monthly Archives: January 2016

A City For Children, by Marta Gutman

Marta Gutman is co-winner of the 2015 Kenneth Jackson award for best book in North American history, shared with N.D.B. Connolly’s A World More Concrete.

The committee is happy to announce its selection of Marta Gutman’s A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press) as co-winner of the 2014 Kenneth T. Jackson Prize for Best Book in American history.

In a masterful, revelatory study, Gutman shows how the struggle to create a better environment for children transformed urban space and remapped landscapes of race, class, and gender. Gutman’s remarkable combination of historical and architectural research and analysis delivers fresh new insights into the shifting grounds of work, home, and leisure space. She provides an intimate window onto the lived experience of working-class women and children, in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century American city.

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A World More Concrete, by N.D.B. Connolly

N.D.B. Connolly is co-winner of the 2015 Kenneth Jackson award for best book in North American history, shared with Marta Gutman’s A City for Children.

Based upon a broad range of rich archival collections, newspaper accounts, and a plethora of comparative secondary studies, this book advances a series of compelling arguments about the role of realtors and rental property owners in the development of the Greater Miami system of “racial apartheid.” Specifically, this book places the story of black Miami within the larger context of capitalist development, particularly the colonization of non-European people, both locally and globally, and challenges us to rethink several closely interrelated propositions in contemporary scholarship on 20th century U.S. and African American urban history. First and most significant, whereas most studies of urban history identify white landlords, realtors, banks, and private property owners, particularly “slumlords,” as the principal actors in the creation and perpetuation of the racially divided and unequal housing market, Connolly underscores the role of black and white realtors in this process. In careful detail, he shows how an interracial alliance of landlords perceived themselves as a “class” and reinforced each other’s interest through reciprocal loans and joint property investments that both breached and reinforced the color line in the larger political economy of the city.

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UHA Award Winners

The Urban History Association announced its 2015 award winners this fall.

N.D.B. Connolly and Marta Gutman share the Kenneth Jackson Award for best book in North American history.

A.K. Sandoval-Strauss won the Arnold Hirsch Award for best urban history article published in a scholarly journal.

Chloe Taft won the Michael Katz Award for best dissertation in urban history.

Alexander Martin and Ato Quayson share the award for the best book on a subject outside of North America.