Smoldering City : Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874 (Paperback)

Author: Sawislak, Karen

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*Author: Sawislak, Karen *Series Title: Historical Studies of Urban America *Subtitle: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874 *Publication Date: 1996/01/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226735481
SKU 30031728
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226735486
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
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Editors Note The fateful kick of Mrs. O'Leary's cow, the wild flight before the flames, the astonishingly quick rebuilding--these are the well-known stories of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But as much as Chicago's recovery from disaster was a remarkable civic achievement, the Great Fire is also the story of a city's people divided and at odds. This is the story that Karen Sawislak tells so revealingly in this book. | In a richly detailed account, drawn on memoirs, private correspondences, and other documents, Sawislak chronicles years of widespread, sometimes bitter, fights over relief soup kitchens to cries against profiteering and marches on city hall by workers burned out of their homes. She shows how through the years of rebuilding the people of Chicago struggled to define civic order--and the role that "good citizens" would play within it. As they rebuilt, she writes, Chicagoans confronted hard questions about charity and social welfare, work and labor relations, morality, and the limits of state power. Their debates in turn exposed the array of values and interests that different class, ethnic, and religious groups brought to these public discussions.| This fine-grained portrait of a city reinventing itself presents an innovative integration of the social and political history of Chicago. As a study of identity and power, Sawislak's book suggestively describes how the diverse people of cities come to act within the common sphere of politics.
Editors Note 1 In a richly detailed account, Sawislak chronicles years of widespread, sometimes bitter, social and political conflict in the Fire's wake. This fine-grained portrait of a city reinventing itself presents an innovative integration of the social and political history of Chicago. "An extremely thorough and engaging study of this extraordinary disaster". -- Publishers Weekly
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0403
Publisher University of Chicago Press

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