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Richard J. Daley : politics, race, and the governing of Chicago

Author: Roger Biles
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From his first election in 1955 to 1976, Mayor Richard J. Daley dominated Chicago's political landscape. The story of Daley is also the story of Chicago. Faced with issues confronting many American cities in the twentieth century - civil rights, integration, race riots, fiscal crisis, housing, suburban flight, urban renewal - Daley conducted Chicago's business with a steadfast resolve to withstand the many changes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Richard J Daley; Richard J Daley; Richard J Daley; Richard J Daley; Richard J Daley; Richard J Daley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Biles
ISBN: 0875801994 9780875801995 0875805663 9780875805665 0875805671 9780875805672
OCLC Number: 31754367
Description: x, 292 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Chicago, 1945-1955 --
1. The Road to City Hall --
2. The New Mayor --
3. Mounting Problems --
4. The Challenge to Plantation Politics --
5. Pressure from External Sources --
6. Confrontation with King --
7. The Law and Order Mayor --
8. Daley on Trial --
9. Awash in a Sea of Scandal --
10. The City That Works --
11. The Battle for Chicago.
Responsibility: Roger Biles.
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From his first election in 1955 to 1976, Mayor Richard J. Daley dominated Chicago's political landscape. The story of Daley is also the story of Chicago. Faced with issues confronting many American cities in the twentieth century - civil rights, integration, race riots, fiscal crisis, housing, suburban flight, urban renewal - Daley conducted Chicago's business with a steadfast resolve to withstand the many changes that threatened to engulf his city. In particular, his atavistic approach to racial issues, typified in his opposition to Martin Luther King's campaign to desegregate schools and housing, moderated social change. Through such policies shaping the development of Chicago, he resisted social forces and preserved his city, effectively slowing the pace of change. Even as Daley resisted social change, he was building a new Chicago that under his guidance became known as "the city that works." Daley earned this title for the city by championing civic infrastructure projects that modernized the skyline and improved the quality of life for those who lived and worked there. On the national front, in the meantime, Daley was gaining a reputation. Though as a fellow Irish Catholic Daley had enjoyed high visibility for his support of Kennedy's presidential campaign, it was not until 1968 that his national image as a tough law-and-order mayor emerged fully. During the nationally televised 1968 Democratic Convention, his seeming tolerance of police brutality toward protesters outside the convention hall and his overall repression of dissent formed the public impression of him as a bully. It was an image, wrongly ascribed or not, that tainted the final years of his service to Chicago. Richard J. Daley portrays one of the most prominent of American mayors in a balanced perspective and sheds new light on his place in urban history.

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""The most complete and authoritative biography of this powerful political figure that we yet have."-Journal of American History" ""Essential reading for urban scholars and those knowledgeable about Read more...

 
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