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Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great West

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1991] ©1991
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
Argues that the American frontier and city developed together by focusing on Chicago and tracing its roots from Native American habitation to its transformation by white settlement and development.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Cronon
ISBN: 0393029212 9780393029215 0393308731 9780393308730
OCLC Number: 21971815
Awards: American Society for Environmental History George Perkins Marsh Prize, 1993.
Bancroft Prize, 1992.
Description: xxiii, 530 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Cloud over Chicago --
Part I: To be the central city. Dreaming the Metropolis ; Rails and water --
Part II: Nature to market. Pricing the future: Grain ; The wealth of nature: Lumber ; Annihilating space: Meat --
Part III: The geography of capital. Gateway city ; The busy hive ; White City pilgrimage --
Epilogue: Where we were driving --
Appendix: Methodological note on the bankruptcy maps.
Responsibility: William Cronon.
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An American frontier study, focusing on the fastest growing city of 19th-century America - Chicago. It shows the land as it was when inhabited by Indians and a few white settlers, and the frenzy of  Read more...


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"This book is the story of Chicago's progress in the 19th century, the rough seduction of the hinterland, and how at its zenith the city ruled the commercial life of a vast inland region more Read more...

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