An Early Encounter with Tomorrow

An Early Encounter with Tomorrow : Europeans, Chicago's Loop, and the World's Columbian Exposition

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For the first time in sixty years, Chicago and the development of Chicago's Loop at a crucial and formative stage, is examined in light of its appearance, pace, and economic drive in a shattering encounter between Old-World assumptions and New-World realities. The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition allows the buff, the scholar, the law historian, anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln's legal work to see and understand every legal document that ever passed through Lincoln's hands in his twenty-five years of legal practice in Illinois.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 178.1 x 253.5 x 20.3mm | 681.78g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 025206965X
  • 9780252069659

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"Lewis has produced an amazing book that won the Jacques Barzun Prize in cultural history and that argues for Chicago's importance in the emergence of modern America." -- Chicago Tribune "According to Arnold Lewis ... the more lasting impact on foreign visitors to the exposition was experienced not at the fairgrounds but rather in Chicago's bustling commercial Loop, where a far more amazing preview of the future was on display... There ... the audacious new vocabulary of steel-frame high-rise construction would within a generation revolutionize the practice of architecture more fully than at any time since the Renaissance. It was not just those innovative buildings that transfixed observant Europeans, but also the frenetic pace and abrupt habits of a public that seemed of a piece with its thrusting, no-nonsense surroundings. Here was a brave new world indeed, and its implications were at once fascinating and frightening to Old World believers in the civility of city life." -- Martin Filler, New York Times Book Review "[An] excellent, enormously rich book... Carefully researched, well-documented, clearly organized, and beautifully written, Lewis's book should be required reading for anyone in the fields of American history, cultural studies, and women's studies as well as architectural history. It is cultural history at its best." -- Meredith L. Clausen, American Historical Review "An Early Encounter with Tomorrow offers a detailed cataloging and interpretation of a vast store of European commentary on Chicago's architectural achievement during the Gilded Age. Based upon exhaustive research in the published literature of the period, Lewis provides a fresh interpretive perspective, and at times an important historical corrective... Arnold Lewis has produced a valuable companion piece to the latest works that interpret anew Chicago's contribution to the emergence of modern America." -- Dennis B. Downey, Illinois Historical Journalshow more

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