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City of big shoulders : a history of Chicago

Author: Robert G Spinney
Publisher: DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This compact yet comprehensive account of Chicago's history links key events in the city's development, from its marshy origins in the 1600s to today's robust metropolis. Synthesizing a vast body of literature, Spinney presents Chicago in terms of the people whose lives made the city - not only the tycoons and the politicians but also the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world who have kept the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Upton Sinclair; Upton Sinclair
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Spinney
ISBN: 0875802540 9780875802541 0875805833 9780875805832
OCLC Number: 41176721
Description: xiv, 300 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: The early world of Chigagou, 1600-1750 --
Chigagou becomes Chicago, 1750-1835 --
Boom, bust, and recovery in early Chicago, 1835-1850 --
Chicago conquers the midwest, 1850-1890 --
Life in a city on the make, 1850-1900 --
The fire, the bomb, and the fair, 1871-1893 --
The new immigration, 1880-1920 --
Progressivism and urban reform, 1890-1915 --
World War I and the Roaring Twenties, 1915-1929 --
The Great Depression, World War II, and suburban growth, 1929-1955 --
Richard J. Daley and the city that works, 1955-1976 --
The transitions of the post-Daley years, 1976-1997.
Responsibility: Robert G. Spinney.

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A history connecting Chicago's swampy beginnings in the 1600s, its growth as the world's "hog butcher", and its late-20th-century balance of politics, race and ethnicity. Synthesizing a vast body of  Read more...

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"A much-needed, brief yet comprehensive analytical history of Chicago."--Journal of Illinois History "Condensed yet energetic and substantial history of Chicago. Spinney has a firm sense of Read more...

 
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