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Chicago on the Make : Power and Inequality in a Modern City

By: Diamond, Andrew J.

0520286499 / 9780520286498
Paperback / softback
Published 05/05/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm, 635 grams 440 pages, 19 b-w photos and 8 maps
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Heralded as America's quintessentially modern city, Chicago has attracted the gaze of journalists, novelists, essayists, and scholars.

Yet few historians have attempted big-picture narratives of the city's transformation over the twentieth century.

Chicago on the Make traces the evolution of the city's politics, culture, and economy as it grew from an unruly tangle of rail yards, slaughterhouses, factories, tenement houses, and fiercely defended ethnic neighborhoods into a global urban center.

Reinterpreting the narrative that Chicago's autocratic machine politics shaped its institutions and public life, Andrew J.

Diamond demonstrates how the grassroots politics of race crippled progressive forces and enabled an alliance of downtown business interests to promote a neoliberal agenda that created stark inequalities.

Chicago on the Make takes the story into the twenty-first century, chronicling Chicago's deeply entrenched social and urban problems as the city ascended to the national stage during the Obama years.


1KBB USA, 3JJ 20th century, HBJK History of the Americas, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFFJ Social discrimination & inequality

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