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Challenging Chicago : coping with everyday life, 1837-1920

Challenging Chicago : coping with everyday life, 1837-1920

Author: Perry Duis
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Risky city. This was Chicago during an unprecedented period of rapid growth: a burgeoning metropolis that quickly became a "concentration of risk." The many thousands of immigrants and rural Americans who streamed into the city during these years found it far more congested, crowded, dangerous, unpleasant, immoral, and unhealthy than they had anticipated. Challenging Chicago reveals the survival strategies to which  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Congress
Conference papers and proceedings
Actes de congrès
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Perry Duis
ISBN: 0252023943 9780252023941 0252074157 9780252074158
OCLC Number: 37820146
Description: xiii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Coping with a new sense of place --
Counting minutes and miles --
Housing strategies --
Living in the inherited city --
The risky business of food --
Eating out --
Reducing risk and taking control --
Amusements, crowds, and morals --
Chicago is work --
Getting ahead on your own --
Time, risk, and family finances --
The institutional trap --
Conclusion: Coping with urban life.
Responsibility: Perry R. Duis.
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During an unprecedented period of rapid growth, the burgeoning metropolis of Chicago quickly became a "concentration of risk". Through vignettes and real-life stories, this work reveals lower and  Read more...


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