Author Talk — How the Bulldozer Remade Postwar America
Although the decades following World War II were marked by rapid growth and construction in the United States, those years were also a time of large-scale destruction.
In order to clear space for new suburban tract housing, interstate highways, and urban renewal projects, wrecking companies demolished buildings and earth-moving contractors leveled land at an unprecedented rate and scale. In her book "Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape," Francesca Russello Ammon explores how postwar America came to equate this destruction with progress.
Francesca Russello Ammon is assistant professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies the history of the built environment, focusing on the social, material, and cultural life of cities in the twentieth-century U.S. She lives in Philadelphia.
Author talks take place in the Hagley Soda House Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. RSVPs encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Please RSVP to Carol Lockman, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 302-658-2400, ext. 243.
Dara Orenstein, George Washington University, will discuss her paper "'Free Ports for Refugees': How the U.S. Turned a Warehouse for Duty-Free Garbanzo Beans into an Internment Camp for European Jews."
Hagley's Golden Pheasants Game Dinner features five courses of specialty game food paired with wine selected and described by Alain Blanchon.
Adam Rome, University at Buffalo, will discuss his paper "DuPont and the Limits of Corporate Environmentalism."
Kendra Smith-Howard, University at Albany, will discuss her paper "The Messy Work of Cleaning Up: Economy, Policy, and the Disposable Diaper, 1936–1996."
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