Rolling with the Punches: Coping with Economic Change
- Coping with Economic Change
Quincy, Massachusetts, like many other American communities, is trying to find its place in the 21st century economy
- Winners and Losers:
Should we put the emphasis on creative or destruction?
- Times Change
Differences between 1950 and 2000
- "My Father Works at the Shipyard..."
- In the Neighborhood
Town lines have become class lines
- Are We Having Fun Yet?
Is the new world an improvement over the way things used to be?
- Wheels and Deals
Changes in Quincy's commercial district
- Government Can Make a Difference
Sometimes the government gets things right, sometimes not. Either way, its impact on economic life is undeniable
- Discuss Among Yourselves
Topics for discussion
Resources: Coping with Economic Change
Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction
- “The Father of Creative Destruction”
Frank Rose, Wired, March 2002
- “Biography of Joseph Alois Schumpeter”
The Library of Economics and Liberty
- Robert Solow on Joseph Schumpeter
Economist’s View, May 17, 2007
- “Quincy Shipyard Launches First Nuclear
- “A History of Shipbuilding at Fore River”
Anthony F. Sarcone and Lawrence S. Rines
- “Quincy’s Granite Legacy”
- Quincy Historical Society
Highways, Air Conditioning, Shopping Malls, and Public Spaces
- “Highway History”
Federal Highway Administration web site
The interstate highway system has been called the greatest public works program in U.S. history.
- “Route 128 Opens Boston’s High Tech Age”
Mass Moments web site
The construction of Route 128, the first multilane beltway around Boston, had a major impact on downtown Quincy.
- “The 20 Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century”
The National Academy of Engineering web site
- “How Air Conditioning Changed America”
The Old House Web
- “Keeping Things Cool: Air Conditioning in the Modern World”
Susanna Robbins, (originally appeared in Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, October 18, 2003), Organization of American Historians web site
- “The End of the Long Hot Summer: The Air
Conditioner and Southern Culture”
Raymond Arsenault, (originally appeared in The Journal of Southern History, November 1984), JSTOR– Journal Storage web site
Use the Search function, type in "air conditioning."
- “Shopping Mall History”
American Studies Department, Eastern Connecticut State University
- “Great Public Spaces”
Project for Public Spaces web site
Moving to the Suburbs
- “Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb”
Peter Bacon Hales, Art History Department, University of Illinois at Chicago
Quincy: The Cradle of American Roadside Culture
- Three retrospectives on Howard Johnson’s
http://www.slamtrak.com/hojo2003/index.htm – Check out the illustrations!
- Two brief histories of the Dunkin’ Donuts chain,
which got its start in Quincy.
- “Government’s 50 Greatest Endeavors”
The Brookings Institution web site
- “TVA: Electricity for All”
New Deal Network web site
- “Effects of the Immigration Act of 1965 on Selected Population
Characteristics of Immigrants to the United States”
Charles B. Keeley, Western Michigan University, (originally appeared in Demography, May 1971),
JSTOR – Journal Storage web site
- “1965 Immigration Law Changed Face of America”
National Public Radio web site
- “Remembering the GI Bill”
Public Broadcasting System web site