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Great Chicago Fire
By Ross Miller

The Great Chicago Fire

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Great Chicago Fire by Ross Miller

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On October 8, 1871, four decades after its founding, Chicago's destiny was rewritten 'with a pen of fire'. In this imaginative and penetrating study, Ross Miller considers the mythic proportions of the Great Chicago Fire as the city reshaped its own tragedy into an archetype of the modern struggle against adversity. Amid myriad eyewitness and photographic accounts of the fire, a consideration of what had actually happened was quickly subordinated to a developing narrative that attempted to resolve the city's conflicted identity into a unity. Disaster was recast as opportunity, and a period that began with catastrophic destruction ended in the triumph of the World's Columbian Exposition. Within a generation of the fire, Chicago became home to a radical new architecture, a daring new realistic fiction, literary journalism, and the new scientific study of society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252069147
ISBN-10: 0252069145
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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