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City of the Century The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

ISBN-10: 0684831384
ISBN-13: 9780684831381
Edition: 1997
Authors: Donald L. Miller
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Description: The epic of Chicago is the story of the emergence of modern America. Here, witness Chicago's growth from a desolate fur-trading post in the 1830s to one of the world's most explosively alive cities by 1900. Donald Miller's powerful narrative  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 4/3/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.376
Language: English

The epic of Chicago is the story of the emergence of modern America. Here, witness Chicago's growth from a desolate fur-trading post in the 1830s to one of the world's most explosively alive cities by 1900. Donald Miller's powerful narrative embraces it all: Chicago's wild beginnings, its reckless growth, its natural calamities (especially the Great Fire of 1871), its raucous politics, its empire-building businessmen, its world-transforming architecture, its rich mix of cultures, its community of young writers and journalists, and its staggering engineering projects -- which included the reversal of the Chicago River and raising the entire city from prairie mud to save it from devastating cholera epidemics. The saga of Chicago's unresolved struggle between order and freedom, growth and control, capitalism and community, remains instructive for our time, as we seek ways to build and maintain cities that retain their humanity without losing their energy. City of the Century throbs with the pulse of the great city it brilliantly brings to life.

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry McCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he lives, and is the host of the PBS series A Biography of America.

Preface
Discovery
The Priest and the Explorer
Joliet's Dream
"Didn't Expect No Town"
Wild Chicago
Banishing the Past
Odgen'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
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
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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