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Description - Chicago Made by Robert Lewis

From the lumberyards and meatpacking factories of the Southwest Side to the industrial suburbs that arose near Lake Calumet at the turn of the twentieth century, manufacturing districts shaped Chicago's character and laid the groundwork for its transformation into a sprawling metropolis. Approaching Chicago's story as a reflection of America's industrial history between the Civil War and World War II, "Chicago Made" explores not only the well-documented workings of centrally located city factories but also the overlooked suburbanization of manufacturing and its profound effect on the metropolitan landscape.Robert Lewis documents how manufacturers, attracted to greenfield sites on the city's outskirts, began to build factory districts there with the help of an intricate network of railroad owners, real estate developers, financiers, and wholesalers. These immense networks of social ties, organizational memberships, and financial relationships were ultimately more consequential, Lewis demonstrates, than any individual achievement. Beyond simply giving Chicago businesses competitive advantages, they transformed the economic geography of the region. Tracing these transformations across seventy-five years, "Chicago Made" establishes a broad new foundation for our understanding of urban industrial America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226477015
ISBN-10: 0226477010
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis is associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Manufacturing Montreal: The Making of an Industrial Landscape.

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