Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great West (Book, 1991) [WorldCat.org]
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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
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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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