This study explains the parallel development of urbanization and modernization in late nineteenth-century American society, demonstrating how the successful features of big-city life spread across the country and transformed towns all over America.
"An excellent book for upper-level courses. It fills a real need."--Louis Kyriakoudes, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
"A thoroughly original work, laden with insights. It will be read with interest by anyone concerned with the development of the modern city."--Oscar Handlin, Harvard University