Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent / Edition 3

Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent / Edition 3

by Irving Cutler
     
 

Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent provides a comprehensive portrayal of the growth and development of Chicago from the mudhole of the prairie to today’s world-class city. This completely revised fourth edition skillfully weaves together the geography, history, economy, and culture of the city and its suburbs with a special emphasis on

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Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent provides a comprehensive portrayal of the growth and development of Chicago from the mudhole of the prairie to today’s world-class city. This completely revised fourth edition skillfully weaves together the geography, history, economy, and culture of the city and its suburbs with a special emphasis on the role of the many ethnic and racial groups that comprise the “real Chicago” of its neighborhoods. Cutler demonstrates how the geography of “Chicagoland” and the influx of a diverse population spurred transportation, industrial technology, the economy, and sporadic planning to foster rapid urban growth, which brought both great progress and severe problems.

Through insightful analysis, Cutler also traces the demographic and societal changes to Chicago, critically examining such problems as the environment, education, racial tension, crime, welfare, housing, employment, and transportation. Richly illustrated with nearly three hundred drawings, photos, maps, and tables, the volume includes six appendices with sections dedicated to Chicago facts, population growth and income data, weather and climate, significant dates, and historic sites.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809327027
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
4th Edtion
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
932,892
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Irving Cutler, a professor emeritus of geography at Chicago State University, has published several books and numerous articles on Chicago, including the award-winning The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb. He serves on the board of directors of several historical and geographic societies, including the Chicago Jewish Historical Society, of which he was a founder, and the Geographic Society of Chicago, of which he was the president. He has spent more than twenty years giving lectures and leading tours addressing the sociological, historical, geographical, economic, and architectural features of Chicago.

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The physical setting5
3The evolution of Chicago21
4People and settlement patterns : the Europeans49
5People and settlement patterns : recent migration and trends155
6The economy of Chicago225
7Culture, education, and recreation265
8Transportation : external and internal301
9Expansion of the Chicago metropolitan area339
10Planning for the future373
App. AChicago population391
App. BChicago weather and climate393
App. CGeneral facts about Chicago395
App. DSignificant dates in Chicago history397
App. EChicago historic sites403
App. FStatistical data for incorporated communities of the Chicago area411

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