Against the Grain

The Social History of the Bulldozer

Creative destruction is the hallmark of capitalism, as the economist Joseph Schumpeter argued.  But the destructive side is often overlooked.  Francesca Ammon discusses the enormous wave of demolition that accompanied the postwar boom — transforming the rural, urban and suburban landscape, and displacing the residents of scores of communities around the United States.


Francesca Russello Ammon,  Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape Yale University Press, 2016

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