Challenging Chicago

Challenging Chicago : Coping with Everyday Life, 1837-1920

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Risky city. This was Chicago during an unprecedented period of rapid growth: a burgeoning metropolis that quickly became a "concentration of risk." The many thousands of immigrants and rural Americans who streamed into the city during these years found it far more congested, crowded, dangerous, unpleasant, immoral, and unhealthy than they had anticipated. Challenging Chicago reveals the survival strategies to which the many people who flocked to the city resorted, especially those of the lower and middle classes for whom urban life was a new more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 184.9 x 261.9 x 32mm | 1,114.72g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252023943
  • 9780252023941

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"Not only is Challenging Chicago a model of how to turn a collection of articles into a book, it is one of the best books ever written about Chicago... Duis has mastered an incredible amount of information (the illustrations and endnotes are worth the price of the book)... After reading Challenging Chicago you will never again look at the urban landscape -- the streets, the river, the warehouses, the neighborhoods, the houses and the architecture -- without seeing the remains of the city that once was, and without thinking of the people who lived there." -- James L. Swanson, Chicago Tribune "A fascinating glimpse at the excitement as well as the dangers and risks of life in one of the world's great industrial cities... Chicago, a tough, wonderful place, finds expression in Duis's fascinating book." -- James R. Barrett, The Historianshow more

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