Coping with Everyday Life, 1837-1920 New edition
By (author) Perry Duis
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Challenging Chicago by Perry Duis
Book DescriptionDuring an unprecedented period of rapid growth, the burgeoning metropolis of Chicago quickly became a "concentration of risk": far more congested, dangerous, unpleasant, immoral, and unhealthy than newcomers had anticipated. Through vignettes and real-life stories, "Challenging Chicago" reveals lower and middle-class peoples' strategies for coping with technology, crowding, anonymity, and other urban ills. Follow along and encounter some of Chicago's most infamous citizens - the loathed Traction Baron, high-speed "scorchers," and peddlers of "swill milk." Learn about the perils of payday, the lunchtime problems of women, the lure of dime museums, and the fatal attraction of Chicago's "cruelest place." Against this bleak backdrop emerged the innovators and institutions that made Chicago the vibrant city it is today. The superbly textured narrative is enhanced by eighty-six historic photographs and illustrations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252074158
(245mm x 168mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Perry Duis
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On the afternoon of December 30, 1903, during a sold out matinee performance, a fire broke out in Chicago's Iroquois Theatre. This work provides a chronicle of this event to assess the titanic tragedy of the fire itself and also the municipal corruption that kindled the flames beforehand and the political cover-ups hidden in the smoke.
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Author Biography - Perry Duis
Perry R. Duis, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of Chicago: Creating New Traditions""and other books."
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