Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
City of Big ShouldersA History of Chicago$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert G. Spinney

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749599

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749599.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 27 June 2022

Chicago Conquers the Midwest, 1850–1890

Chicago Conquers the Midwest, 1850–1890

Chapter:
(p.40) Chapter 4 Chicago Conquers the Midwest, 1850–1890
Source:
City of Big Shoulders
Author(s):

Robert G. Spinney

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749599.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Chicago in the 1850s, which had been thriving but remained an unspectacular frontier town and the unglamorous home of thirty thousand residents and miles of mud. It mentions the Swedish novelist Fredrika Bremer who described Chicago as one of the most miserable and ugliest cities she has yet seen in America, which she observed during her visit in 1853. The chapter talks about Chicago's population that would grow to 1.7 million, making it the second largest city in the United States. It points out the observation made by the French political scientist Emile Boutmy in the late 1800s regarding the United States as primarily a commercial society and only secondarily a nation. It also investigates how Chicago emerged as the preeminent “commercial company” in the world between 1850 and 1900.

Keywords:   Chicago, Fredrika Bremer, population, Emile Boutmy, commercial society, commercial company

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.