The Urban Frontier Author:Richard C, . Wade Subtitled "Pioneer Life in Early Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, & St.Louis". — Two parts:1790-1815 & 1815-1830. Part 1 chapters on the economic base, emerging urban problems, urban society, & the seeds of culture. Part 2 chapters on depression,recovery,& expansion, the changing social structure, the better life, and toward urban m... more »aturity.
Controversial position:That these early urban emigrants kept their European traditions, not "melting in" to older Euro-American traditions. Impacted frontier life v.s. Turnerian thesis. Based on primary sources, mainly newspapers.
Never revised from original 1959 publication, but introduction by another historian added in 1996.
This book remains required reading by doctoral candidates in U.S. history.« less