Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1988 - History - 278 pages
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"Robert A. Slayton's Back of the Yards is one of the finest accounts I have ever read on an urban, working-class neighborhood in twentieth-century America. Its focus on family, politics, and worklife is penetrating and its conclusions reinforce an emerging scholarly picture of ordinary people exercising unique forms of power."—John Bodnar, author of The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America
 

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Until now, the historic Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago has been neglected by social historians. The packinghouse district, made famous by Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906), provides a case ... Read full review

Contents

The World the NeatPackers Made
16
Stages on Lifes Way Youth
42
Arenas of Life Women and the Household
66
Arenas of Life Men and the Workplace
88
The Creation of a Social Order The Segmented Group
112
The Creation of a Social Order The Nationalist Enclave
130
Spheres of Power Politics
152
Spheres of Power The University of Chicago Settlement House
174
The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
190
Democracy Realized
208
Our Own Destiny
226
Appendix
233
Notes
241
Index
275
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