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Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874 (Historical Studies of Urban America)

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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 detailed account, drawn on memoirs, private correspondences, and other documents, Sawislak chronicles years of widespread, sometimes bitter, social and political conflict in the fire's wake, from 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.

"Sawislak combines the copious detail of a historian with the vivid portrayals of a storyteller in her investigation of the infamous Chicago fire. . . . Highlighted by historical maps, plates and engravings, with an epilogue and notes, Smoldering City presents an extremely thorough and engaging study of this extraordinary disaster."—Publishers Weekly

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-375) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1: Barriers Burned

2: Relief, Aid, and Order

3: Burdens and Boundaries

4: The Meanings of Cooperation

5: Laws and Order

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226735481
Author:
Sawislak, Karen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject:
Great Fire, Chicago, Ill., 1871
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) History To 1875.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Series Volume:
no. 1 (MS-1)
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones, 1 map
Pages:
403
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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