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The Rich Economic History of the Great West In "Nature's M
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In "Nature's Metropolis", William Cronon explores the economic history of one of America's unique regions and the environmental perspective of the US as it existed in the 1800s. Through his research on Chicago, the fascinating relationship between frontier and urban history lies. Cronon elegantly describes the development of the meat-packing industry as well as the rise of department stores like Sears.
This is not a book that is easily categorized, but I find it comparable to Andrew Lees "Cities Perceived", for they both offer insight on the history and development of what falls between the frontier and city: suburbia! I think it would be a great text to bring into the classroom, as it offers much more than you typical history book and provides an adequate introduction to America's former economy with an emphasis on the social forces involved.