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Department
Geography
Course
GGR254H1
Professor
Robert Lewis
Semester
Spring

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GGR254 Themes and Exam Themes 1. The long­term integration of the USA into the global economy and the  international political arena both drives and shapes its development  a. Historical implications i. Economic growth ii. Urban growth iii. Little colonial settlement slowly developed and grew through then  incorporation of native land  iv. This is predicated on linkages outside of the US 1. A colony of Britain  2. Depended on immigration (Europe, etc.) v. These geopolitical, economic dynamics outside of the US has shaped  what has gone on within the US 2. Changing regional and urban geographies have shaped American economic,  social and political development a. Sun belt b. Manufacturing belt c. How the rise of the manufacturing belt was predicated on what happened  somewhere else d. Rise of manufacturing was done at the expense at what was happening in  the American south and the American west e. Rise of sun belt was done at the expense of what was the manufacturing belt 3. The USA has experienced massive growth and acquired unprecedented power,  but at great social and economic risk  a. Questions around urban poverty  b. Racial segregation or class segregation i. Not coincidental or incidental to the way in which the US economic and  political system has been created ii. Capitalism creates these economic­political social divides iii. Manifested in the geographies of the US 4. Public and Private agents have played a critical and defining role in the creation  of national, regional and urban geographies a. How specific agents have been critical plays in the defining of the  geographies of the US i. Three key actors: 1. Federal government a. Government plays a key part in defining the geographies of  the US i. Federal land
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