Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman

ISBN-10: 0226764176
ISBN-13: 9780226764177
Edition: 1995 (Reprint)
Authors: Carl Smith
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 403
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Haymarket bombing of 1886, and the making and unmaking of the model town of Pullman--these remarkable events in what many considered the quintessential American city forced people across the country to confront the disorder that seemed inevitably to accompany urban growth and social change. In this book, Carl Smith explores the imaginative dimensions of these events as he traces the evolution of beliefs that increasingly linked city, disorder, and social reality in the minds of Americans. Studying a remarkable range of writings and illustrations, as well as protests, public gatherings, trials, hearings, and urban reform and construction efforts, Smith argues that these three events--and the public awareness of the them--not only informed one another, but collectively shaped how Americans saw, and continue to see, the city.

Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. His books include three prize-winning volumes: Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920; Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman; and The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fire
The Great Conflagration
Trial by Fire
Social Restraint
The Fire and Cultural Memory
Bomb
From Resurrection to Insurrection
Plots and Counterplots
Words on Trial
Strike
Taming the Urban Beast
Putting Pullman in Its Place: The Search for a New Urban Order
Making Sense of the Age
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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