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Author Graff, Harvey J.

Title The Dallas myth : the making and unmaking of an American city / Harvey J. Graff.

Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2008]


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 UniM Bail  976.4281206 GRAF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxviii, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-357) and index.
Contents Preface: Finding Myself in Dallas -- Pt. I. Searching for Dallas -- 1. Locating the City: Three Icons and Images of "Big D" -- 2. Constructing a City with No Limits -- 3. Revising Dallas's Histories -- Pt. II. Understanding Dallas -- 4. The Dallas Way -- 5. Tales of Two Cities, North and South, in White, Black, and Brown -- 6. Mimetic and Monumental Development: Memories Lost and Images Found -- 7. A City at the Crossroads: Dallas at the Tipping Point -- App. A. Dallas's Historical Development -- App. B. Chronology of Dallas History.
Summary "In The Dallas Myth, Harvey J. Graff presents a novel interpretation of a city that has proudly declared its freedom from the past. He scrutinizes the city's origin myth and offers an explicit critique of the reactionary political foundations of modern Dallas: its tolerance for right-wing political violence, the endemic racism and xenophobia, and a planning model that privileges growth and monumental architecture at the expense of the environment and social justice. Revealing the power of myths that have defined the city for so long, Graff presents a new interpretation of Dallas that both deepens our understanding of America's urban landscape and enables its residents to envision a more equitable, humane, and democratic future for all."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject City and town life -- Texas -- Dallas -- History.
City planning -- Texas -- Dallas -- History.
Dallas (Tex.) -- History.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Social conditions.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Race relations.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Economic conditions.
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