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Religion and Community in the New Urban America$
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Paul D. Numrich and Elfriede Wedam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199386840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386840.001.0001

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Adding Religion to Chicago’s Story

Adding Religion to Chicago’s Story

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(p.17) 1 Adding Religion to Chicago’s Story
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Religion and Community in the New Urban America
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Paul D. Numrich

Elfriede Wedam

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386840.003.0002

Chapter 1 argues that a full telling of Chicago’s story must include attention to the religion factor. From the 1600s to the 1930s, Chicago transformed from a frontier town into an industrial powerhouse that attracted numerous racial/ethnic and religious groups. Following this period, from World War II to the present, Chicago has been transitioning from an industrial city to a postindustrial global metropolis, with significant changes to both its urbanscape and its religionscape. This chapter illustrates how the often overlooked religion factor has intersected with political, socioeconomic, and racial/ethnic urban structures in Chicago’s history, serving as a reminder that the new Chicago did not emerge in a religious vacuum.

Keywords:   Chicago, industrial city, postindustrial metropolis, global metropolis, urban structures

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