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The working man's reward : Chicago's early suburbs and the roots of American sprawl

Author: Elaine Lewinnek
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between the 1860s and 1920s, Chicago's working-class immigrants designed the American dream of home-ownership. They imagined homes as small businesses, homes that were simultaneously a consumer-oriented respite from work and a productive space that workers hoped to control. Leapfrogging out of town along with Chicago's assembly-line factories, Chicago's early suburbs were remarkably diverse. These suburbs were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Lewinnek
ISBN: 9780199769223 0199769222
OCLC Number: 861541294
Description: ix, 239 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : forging the suburban dream in early Chicago --
"Vast and sudden municipality" : boosting and lamenting Chicago's growth --
"Domestic and respectable" : property-owner politics after the Great Chicago Fire --
Lake and jungle : the assembly-line factory as a force for suburbanization --
"Better than a bank for a poor man" : worker's strategies for home financing --
Mapping Chicago, imagining metropolises : reconsidering the zonal model of urban growth --
The mortgages of whiteness : Chicago's Race Riots of 1919 --
Conclusion : the city of the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Elaine Lewinnek.

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In her outstanding new book ... Elaine Lewinnek explores the fascinating complexity of how Chicago's suburbs have been defined and how they have evolved ... Lewinnek has written one of the best books Read more...

 
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