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City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago

Robert G. Spinney


This book links key events in Chicago's development, from its marshy origins in the 1600s to today's robust metropolis. The book presents Chicago in terms of the people whose lives made the city–from the tycoons and the politicians to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world. This revised and updated second edition brings Chicago's story into the twenty-first century, as it reviews the colorful and dramatic panorama of the city's explosive past. How did the pungent swamplands that the Native Americans called “the wild-garlic place” burgeon into one of the world's largest ... More

Keywords: Chicago, Great Chicago Fire, American industry, Haymarket Square, Al Capone, global city, immigrants, entrepreneurs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749599
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert G. Spinney, author
Patrick Henry College