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America's armories : architecture, society, and public order
Fogelson, Robert M.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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UA42 .F64 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
UA42 .F64 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Buffalo Collection Non-Circ

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Looks at the design and site location of American armories, and argues that they were influenced by a fear of class warfare.

Author Notes

Robert M. Fogelson is professor of urban studies and history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Works such as Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture, ed. by Dell Upton and John Michael Vlach (CH, Jul'86) and Dwellings: The House Across the World by Paul Oliver (1987) recognize that the built environment is a text that people invest with meaning, a rhetoric to which people respond, and a reflection of the times in which a building is raised and used. Although one might not think of armories as significant artifacts, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries hundreds of armories, nearly all of which looked like medieval castles and fortresses, were built in urban America, most of them in the Northeast and Midwest. Fogelson's work gives insight to an expressive pattern of a formative period in the making of modern America and into the people of the period who built, used, and changed the structures. This is a fascinating study of upper-class fear for class warfare, fear that inspired the building of the armories and influenced their design. Fogelson tells readers about the new kind of cities that arose during the late 19th century and the ways in which they have been revised for today's society. For college and university library collections in history, architecture, American studies, sociology, urban studies, and material culture. -S. J. Bronner, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg