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City of the century : the epic of Chicago and the making of America

Author: Donald L Miller
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Simon & Schuster trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Examines Chicago's nineteenth-century history, looking at its progress from a fur-trading post to a bustling city that burned to the ground in 1871, rising again by 1893 to become one of the greatest cities in America, with the busiest and most modern downtown in the country and over a dozen of the highest buildings ever constructed.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald L Miller
ISBN: 0684801949 9780684801940 9780684831381 0684831384
OCLC Number: 51867226
Awards: Winner of Great Lakes Book Awards (General) 1997
Description: 704 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: City of dreamers and doers --
Discovery. The priest and the explorer ; Joliet's dream --
"Didn't expect no town." Wild Chicago ; Banishing the past --
Ogden's Chicago. The founder ; A prairie aristocracy ; The grid and the balloon frame --
The great Chicago exchange engine. The big junction ; The mechanical man ; Stacker of wheat and wood, packer of pork --
Empire city of the West. Chicago against nature ; City of extremes --
My lost city. The Great Fire ; Unapproachable in calamity --
Introduction: Let us build ourselves a city --
That astonishing Chicago. "Grander and statelier than ever" ; America's city --
The Chicago machine. Empires of order and blood ; A fortress of oppression ; The Pullman idea ; Steel rails to country kitchens --
The streetcar city. Palaces of desire ; The Loop ; City and suburb ; Sunday in Chicago --
Stories in stone and steel. Something new under the sun ; Burnham and Root ; The major's birdcage ; Factories in the sky --
Sullivan and civic renewal. The Auditorium ; A proud and soaring thing --
The new Chicago. Burnham's White city ; Hutchinson's three-ring circus ; Harper's university ; The social defense of caste ; The new Chicago woman ; Cleansing the city --
The battle for Chicago. Politics "ain't bean bag" ; Why the ward boss rules ; Haymarket ; It's Harrison again --
1893. The Fair ; The "Gomorrah of the West" ; Stories of the streets and of the town --
After the Fair. If Christ came to Chicago! ; Regeneration.
Other Titles: Epic of Chicago and the making of America
Responsibility: Donald Miller.

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This history of Chicago describes its wild beginnings, the Great Fire of 1871, its architecture, its mix of cultures, its community of young writers and journalists, and its staggering projects -  Read more...

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Michiko Kakutani The New York Times A wonderfully readable account of Chicago's early history. Morris Dickstein The Washington Post Sweeping and beautifully written. David McCullough author of John Read more...

 
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