Chicago A Biography (Pdf/E–pub) ¸ Dominic A. Pacyga

From a muddy village in a swamp to a city of a hundred "Thousand That Hosted The Republican Convention That "that hosted the Republican convention that Abraham Lincoln Pacyga Recounts How The Railroads recounts how the railroads the Illinois and Michigan Canal made Chicago the transportation hub of the rapidly xpanding country assuring its importance The fire in 1871 cleared the slate for a makeover that produced the outlines of the modern city and by the nd of the 19th century Chicago was immense chaotic and corrupt but also the industrial and financial capital of the American heartland Pacyga devotes a great deal of attention to the ferocious labor struggles that resulted from the Haymarket riot to the Pullman strike Chicago was for a time the picenter of America s class struggle With the Great Migration came racial strife as well with conseuences nduring up to the present day The Prohibition gangster wars get their due as do the Depression the Second World War industrial decline suburbanization and the changes overseen or resisted by the two DaleysPacyga covers it all with a historian s insight and a native son s affection This is an xcellent comprehensive look at the city s history for the general reader I ve read what I think are better Chicago histories Cronon s Nature s Metropolis Miller s City of the Century and ven the older Chicago Growth of a Metropolis by Mayer Wade but it s a fine addition to my Chicago bookshelf The author s focus on history through people and thnic groups gives it a fresh spin that lends the book its title He admits to a Southside bias in the Introduction so their is precious little that focuses on the Northside where I reside which I think is a weakness Ran across some awkwardly written passages that caused me to have to reread sections so the A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, editing could have been better I read the hardcoverdition despite the description above Couldn t find a hardcover ntry here on Goodreads This is a deep wide and phenomenal history of the city of Chicago From the first trading posts and settlers moving up the Mighty Mississippi to the lakefront lands that would become a city to the politics and racial issues that make up a world class city Pacyga does a great job in covering a lot of ground I ve lived a large chunk of my life in this ci. Iet and Maruette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today The city’s great industrialists reformers and politicians and indeed the many not so great and downright notorious animate this book from Al Capone and Jane Addams to Mayor Richard J Daley and President Barack Obama But what distinguishes this book from the many others on the subject is its author’s uncommon ability to illuminate the lives of Chicago’s ordinary people Raised on. Definitely a thoughtful and informative scholarly work worth reading While it may not appeal to the casual reader hoping for something that takes full advantage of Chicago s than colorful history it is a resource that anybody needing to understand this city should mploy The book thoroughly traces the various forces that shaped the growth and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies evolution of Chicago While the book is not uite as readable as Donald Miller s City of the Century or asntertaining as Emmett Dedmond s Fabulous Chicago it does a very good job of dissecting the city and xplaining its components and how they came into being and why and how they work Anybody looking to do business in this city understand its politics or wishing to settle here would profit from reading this book The only criticism I have is technical in that I found numerous typographical rrors so the The Power Of A Choice editing was rather sloppy I suspect this is interesting but the typos and grammaticalrrors are too distracting for me I finished the first chapter but I ll find a different book for Chicago history Mr Pacyga is a gem If you ver have the opportunity to take his History of Chicago class at Columbia College please do He is amazingly well informed and incredibly knowledgeable about anything and verything Chicago Even though Pacgya and I dont see ye to ye on the Cubs vs Sox issue though we both reside on see The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right eye toye on the Cubs vs Sox issue though we both reside on South Side and had this discussion a myriad of times he is the most outstanding professor I have ver had in my life and wish he taught subjects AT COLUMBIA HIS BOOK COVERS EVERY CHICAGO TOPIC YOU Columbia His book covers very Chicago topic you possibly dream up and is Monsieur Pain explained in basic terms for comprehension Do yourself and favor and read this book It may have taken me nine months but it s worth it invery way pacgyafilmfest This is the best one volume history of Chicago I m aware of Pacyga is a professional historian but he is writing for the layman here he admits in his preface that this is not a complete history but rather an attempt to highlight those people places vents and relationships that capture the ssence of the individual That s why he called it a biographyWhatever it is it s consistently readable and absorbing The story of Chicago is in some respects astounding as it grew in thirty years. Chicago has been called by many names Nelson Algren declared it a “City on the Make” Carl Sandburg dubbed it the “City of Big Shoulders” Upton Sinclair christened it “The Jungle” while New Yorkers naturally pronounced it “the Second City” At last there is a book for all of us whatever we choose to call Chicago In this magisterial biography historian Dominic Pacyga traces the storied past of his hometown from the xplorations of Jol. Ty but it was great to This was a reuired read for a college course I took years ago I wanted to re read most of it so I could njoy it this time specially from the perspective of now living in Chicago for over 20 years now that I ve grown to appreciate the change rich culture architecture and character it has to offer I thought it was a great Biography of the best city in America A good addition to my short shelf of books on Chicago history and architecture Pacyga maintains a chronological structure to his book but highlights certain themes within ach chapterConsistent with his subtitle he tells Chicago s story through the lives of its people from bit players like Elmer Ellsworth the first Union officer to die in the Civil War pp 51 52 to leading men like Richard J Daley who receives a very sympathetic portrayal from Pacyga Where Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. else but in Chicago could the futile manhunt for Jean Crones pp 195 196 suspected of the 1916 poisoning of a group of civic leaders with arsenic laced soup play out Or the random violence that took the life of Alvin Palmer on a Back of the Yards street corner in 1957 pp 305 308Pacyga is a South Sider and he acknowledges that his account is skewed in that direction a bit too much for my taste my three years in the metro were in a North Side suburb No index to his maps but I like the generous selection of photographs integrated into the text and generally playing toach chapter s themeWhere did the Cubs play before they opened Wrigley Field p 114 Where did Brach s candy get its start p 153 It s in the book going from the great cover art and the recommendation of a friend i thought this would be a good read i was wrong there was nothing wrong with the facts of the book nothing idiotic was going on xcept for a real lack of proofreading sooo many rrors maybe just bc i was reading the book dition the author s style of writing was just so much stiff than what i like to read and to take two things i love history and chicago and make them boring for me made me not want to go on reading so i only read about a uarter of the book so

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I CAN TELL YOU ALL can t tell you all best parts of it since i only got up to about the haymarket riots but personally this was just not a compelling book sorryyyy. The city’s South Side and mployed for a time in the stockyards Pacyga gives voice to the city’s steelyard workers and kill floor operators and maps the neighborhoods distinguished not by Louis Sullivan masterworks but by bungalows and corner taverns  Filled with the city’s one of a kind characters and all of its defining moments Chicago A Biography is as big and boisterous as its namesake and as ambitious as the men and women who built

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