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SUBURB IN THE CITY: CHESTNUT HILL, PHILDELPHIA, 1850-1990 #2020

SUBURB IN THE CITY CHESTNUT HILL PHILDELPHIA In Suburb in the City David Contosta tells the story of how Chestnut Hill Pennsylvania once a small milling and farming town evolved to become both a suburban enclave for wealthy Philadelphians an

  • Title: SUBURB IN THE CITY: CHESTNUT HILL, PHILDELPHIA, 1850-1990
  • Author: David R. Contosta
  • ISBN: 9780814205815
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • SUBURB IN THE CITY: CHESTNUT HILL, PHILDELPHIA, 1850-1990 By David R. Contosta, In Suburb in the City, David Contosta tells the story of how Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, once a small milling and farming town, evolved to become both a suburban enclave for wealthy Philadelphians and a part of the city itself.In 1854, the railroad connected Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill and the village was annexed by the city Attuned to the romantic currents of the agIn Suburb in the City, David Contosta tells the story of how Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, once a small milling and farming town, evolved to become both a suburban enclave for wealthy Philadelphians and a part of the city itself.In 1854, the railroad connected Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill and the village was annexed by the city Attuned to the romantic currents of the age, the wealthy men and women who moved to Chestnut Hill believed that the village s semi rural surroundings might uplift them physically, spiritually, emotionally, and morally At the same time, they wanted to continue to enjoy the best that the city had to offer while escaping from its unpleasant aspects dirt, crime, disease, and other shortcomings They thus cultivated a dual identity with both suburb and city.Ironically, this led to a sense of division as prosperous suburbanites held themselves aloof from the resident shopkeepers and domestic servants who provided so many of their creature comforts Being a suburb in the city also meant that Chestnut Hill could not control its political destiny, as communities outside the municipal limits could In response, residents developed a number of civic organizations that became a sort of quasi government.Contosta s study of Chestnut Hill thus illuminates the divided and often ambivalent feelings that American hold about their great cities He includes anecdotes gleaned from dozens of interviews with men and women of many backgrounds lawyers, nuns, debutantes, grocers, craftsmen, and former servants who tell of their lives in Chestnut Hill More than one hundred photographs, many never before published, further enliven this analysis of suburban America.David R Contosta is Professor of History at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and is the author of Henry Adams and the American Experiment Rise to World Power Selected Letters of Whitelaw Reid, 1895 1912 American in the Twentieth Century and A Philadelphia Family The Houstons and Woodwards of Chestnut Hill.

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    1 thought on “SUBURB IN THE CITY: CHESTNUT HILL, PHILDELPHIA, 1850-1990

    1. Extremely interesting probably only to me since this is our new corner of the city once we move into our new house in July After searching for houses all over Chestnut Hill for 9 months it s awesome to hear the history of specific streets or blocks though at the same time it might have biased me.

    2. I was lucky enough to have Dr Contosta as my instructor for three history course during my undergraduate years This is a good book for anyone who lives in Philadelphia.

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