Cities Of Hope: People, Protests, And Progress In Urbanizing by Ronn F Pineo, James A Baer

By Ronn F Pineo, James A Baer

This groundbreaking publication explores the connection among the influence of urbanization at the operating category in Latin American towns and the diversity of responses by way of that crew within the years among 1870 and 1930. in contrast to city geographies or political histories, the chapters of this collaborative quantity concentrate on the folk of those towns, specifically the operating men and women who have been confronted with the ramifications of the adjustments occurring round them.Each contributor presents unique learn and research on a specific urban and addresses 3 center questions. First, what have been the situations for operating men and women within the growing to be towns in early twentieth-century Latin the US? moment, how did this inhabitants reply to the issues they confronted and act to enhance the standard in their lives? And, 3rd, what situations and what thoughts have been probably to have an enduring impression? The case stories exhibit how exploring the styles of operating classification' reaction presents the main to figuring out the political strategy of the city social reform.Filling major gaps within the literature on Latin American social historical past, operating category historical past, and the background of urbanization, Cities of Hope is written in a transparent, available variety, making it a superb selection for direction adoption in sessions on city experiences, sociology, or Latin American background in addition to a necessary reference for scholars.

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This festival was so well staged in Montevideo that it attracted tourists from as far away as Buenos Aires. The necessity of moving an immense number of people across the city at all hours greatly taxed the streetcar system during Carnival. With trolleys packed like sardine cans, churches and other groups canceled or postponed meetings, recognizing the difficulty faced by members trying to get across the city during the revelry. The electrico also occupied a prominent place in the city's irregularly staged transport parades.

4 But the increased speed offered by the electric trolleys also had a downside. As the trolley competed with other forms of transport and as vehicular traffic increased, the street became an increasingly dangerous locale for pedestrians, children, cart drivers, and even streetcar passengers. The high incidence of accidents resulting from this traffic alarmed the public and the press well into the post-World War I era. 5 The street, and by extension the streetcar, also became objects of fear during epidemics and crime waves throughout the early twentieth century.

6 But the pace of change in the economic sphere often outdistanced the scope of these reforms and of the government bureaucracy that monitored them. Workers organized unions and pressed hard for changes in the conditions of work, taking advantage of the reduced levels of police repression of the labor movement during Batlle's presidencies. Montevideo underwent a highly compressed industrialization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as new technology for freezing meat, a modern railroad network, and a modernized port drove the expansion of an export economy based on livestock.

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