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How Women Saved the City - Daphne Spain

How Women Saved the City

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780816635320
Number Of Pages: 332

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In the days between the Civil War and World War I, women rarely worked outside the home, rarely went to college, and, if our histories are to be believed, rarely put their mark on the urban spaces unfolding around them. And yet, as this book clearly demonstrates, women did play a key role in shaping the American urban landscape. To uncover the contribution of women to urban development at the turn of the twentieth century, Daphne Spain looks at the places where women participated most actively in public life -- voluntary organizations such as the Young Women's Christian Association, the Salvation Army, the College Settlements Association, and the National Association of Colored Women. In the extensive building projects of these associations -- boarding houses, vocational schools, settlement houses, public baths, and playgrounds -- she finds clear evidence of a built environment created by women. Exploring this environment, Spain reconstructs the story of the "redemptive places" that addressed the real needs of city dwellers -- especially single women, African Americans, immigrants, and the poor -- and established an environment in which newcomers could learn to become urban Americans. Book jacket.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Voluntary Vernacularp. 1
Why Cities Needed Savingp. 30
Paths to Salvation
Sacred and Secular Organizational Ideologiesp. 63
Voluntary Associations with an Urban Presencep. 87
Redemptive Places
New York City Headquarters, Smaller City Branchesp. 125
Boston, the Cradle of Redemptive Placesp. 174
Men Build Chicago's Skyline, Women Redeem the Cityp. 205
How Women Saved the Cityp. 236
Literature Reviewp. 249
Organizational Chartersp. 255
Addresses of Redemptive Places for Boston, New York City, and Chicagop. 261
Notesp. 269
Referencesp. 275
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780816635320
ISBN-10: 0816635323
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44

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