Chronology of Housing in the United States


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About the Book

This chronology explores the development of housing in the United States from the arrival of the first settlers through the present day. It traces America’s growth from its rural beginnings to its present suburban sprawl and discusses how the nation has dealt with the three major issues of housing development: water supply, sanitation and, to a continually decreasing degree, defense. Additional topics include the effects of technological advances in the field of transportation; the influence of political issues such as the Civil War (especially emancipation); the entry of the government into housing finance; and the continued influx of immigrants.

About the Author(s)

Statistical analyst Russell O. Wright is the author of a series of Chronology reference works on subjects including American housing, education, immigration, public health, transportation, and the stock market. He is also the author of several McFarland baseball books and lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Bibliographic Details

Russell O. Wright
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 191
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3033-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1196-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction      1

The Chronology      35

Appendix 1. Public Housing in the United States      145
Appendix 2. The Homogenous Voting Process of Inner City Residents      150
Appendix 3. Levittown—The Model T of the Housing Industry      155
Appendix 4. The Balloon Frame      160
Appendix 5. Financing of Housing      164

Bibliography      171
Index      175