Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer talk Chicago and suburbanization with Elaine Lewinnek, a professor of American Studies at Cal State Fullerton Her new book, The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl, came out in the spring from Oxford University Press. (OUP, Amazon). Looking at gendered notions of urban development and industrial labor, she traces key episodes in Chicago history including the Great Fire and its policy aftermath, uses literature like The Jungle as a lens for examining real estate, and traces a history of race and space before the 1919 race riot.
Podcast interviewers Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer talk to Eric Avila about his new book, The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City. (UMN Press, Amazon). Moving beyond traditional notions of freeway revolts, Avila’s work examines how freeways were incorporated into popular culture, art, and commemmoration simply because of their presence in the the lives and landscapes of millions of people.
In the latest episode of the Urban History Association Podcast, Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer talk to historian David Huyssen about his new book, Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890-1920. (HUP, Amazon, Powell’s). Huyssen (pronounced “HYOO-sen”) questions the notion of the Progressive Era as one inherently defined by progress. In a book featuring the messy specifics of individual lives, he examines points of interaction between people of different classes in New York. In the interview, he ultimately concludes inequality is a choice that society makes.
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Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer are teaming up to host a regular podcast on recent and emerging scholarship in urban and metropolitan history. Their first guest is Michelle Nickerson, whose co-edited book, Sunbelt Rising, has just come out in paperback (Darren Dochuk was the other co-editor). Sunbelt Rising has helped capture and re-frame recent scholarship on the sunbelt and, despite difficulties of defining such a region, the authors assert in the introduction, “one can’t help but conclude that as the Sunbelt goes, still goes the nation.”
In this interview, Nickerson describes her own intellectual journey of becoming an urban historian and the challenges and rewards of editing a collection.
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