Fabulous Chicago: A Great City's History and People

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Garrett County Press, Oct 1, 2012 - History - 447 pages
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Here is the best-selling history of an American city like no other -- and of the vibrant people who built it. The Yankees who came west to gamble fortunes on the Board of Trade, the Swifts and Amours, Fields and McCormicks, and the new immigrants who worked in their stockyards, stores and railroads -- together and at odds they built Chicago out of the prairie mud, and built it again when the Great Fire destroyed it. This is a story of political turmoil, of corruption, of social striving and reform: the Haymarket Massacre, the Pullman Strike, Jane Adams of Hull House, and the notorious Al Capone. The entrepreneurial giants, the gangsters and mayors of legend, the poets, like Sandburg and MacLeish, and architects, like Frank Lloyd Wright -- all belong to Chicago, and populate this incredible book. From the Everleigh Club brothel to the patriotic song of George F. Root, Fabulous Chicago is a history that is alive with the unbelievable spirit of one of the world's great cities.
 

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Contents

Frontier Town
The Yankee Out West
Long John and His Devils
Elegance on a Grand Scale
The Little Giant and the Rail Splitter
The Civil War and the Chicago Conspiracy
Anything Goes Here
The Finer Things of Life
Life Along the Levee
PART
FOUR
The Inheritance
One Ecstasy After Another
Nobodys on the Legit
Grand OperaA Libretto for Romance
Insull Builds His Empire

The Red Snow
PART
Enter The Ladies 18711890
Puritans on Prairie Avenue
The Pride of Potter Palmer
The Sporting Life
The Melting Pot Explodes
Chicago Builds Its Parthenon PART
THREE
The Spirit of Democracy
Why Do We Need a Genealogy?
The Cultivated Class Is Comparatively Small
An Ardent Temperament Rather Than a Weak Will
The Glories of the White City
From Pullman City to Hull House
PART FIVE
The New Chicago
More than a Century of Progress
The Ghost and the Colonel
Chicago Aint Ready for Reform Yet
The Most Exciting City in the United States
I Never Believed this Would Happen Here
Nobody Is Going to Take Over this City
Life Styles in Nude and Black
I Hate Mediocrity
The City that Works
The Ultimate American City
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About the author (2012)

Emmett Dedmon was vice-president and editorial director of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. He authored six books.

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