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Author Olson, Sherry H.

Title Baltimore : the building of an American city / Sherry H. Olson.

Published Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail f  975.26 OLSO    AVAILABLE
Edition Rev. and expanded Bicentennial ed.
Physical description xiii, 474 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Notes Originally published: 1980.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-458) and index.
Contents The Empty Century -- Rhythms of Growth, 1745-1788 -- Order and Disorder, 1789-1801 -- Commerce Is the Mainspring, 1802-1821 -- The Grand Civic Procession, 1822-1837 -- A Lifelike Energy, 1838-1865 -- A Rent in the Social Fabric, 1866-1877 -- Consolidation, 1878-1899 -- The Art of Urban Landscape, 1900-1918 -- A Place to Move About In, 1919-1934 -- Hemmed In, 1935-1979 -- Wind and Water, 1970-1996.
Summary The unique appeal of an older city lies in its history and diversity -- the mix of events, peoples, styles, and circumstances that give a place its special character. As the city of Baltimore celebrates its bicentennial in 1997, its citizens can look with renewed pride and interest to a heritage that includes a colorful history, architectural treasures, diverse ethnic neighborhoods, world-renowned institutions, and a reinvented waterfront that mixes tourism and industry.
First published in 1980 -- at the height of the city's acclaimed "renaissance" -- Baltimore: The Building of an American City offered a lively, well-illustrated history of the city's growth and development. In this expanded bicentennial edition, Sherry H. Olson brings Baltimore's story up to date with a new chapter and new illustrations. Olson describes the "boom and bust" urban development that makes Baltimore's experience typical of urban centers around the world. She also chronicles the ongoing search for unique solutions to problems such as poverty, unemployment, racial tension, labor disputes, and the inevitable conflicts between the public and private sectors and urban and suburban interests. This new edition of Baltimore: The Building of an American City helps us understand why the city has always won the hearts of residents and visitors -- and fascinated historians and students of urban development.
Subject Baltimore (Md.) -- History.
Baltimore (Md.) -- Economic conditions.
Baltimore (Md.) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 080185640X (alk. paper)