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The Working Man’s RewardChicago's Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl$
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Elaine Lewinnek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769223.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Forging the Suburban Dream in Early Chicago

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The Working Man’s Reward
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Elaine Lewinnek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769223.003.0000

Nineteenth-century Chicago developed by selling the idea of widespread homeownership. At a time when the definition of suburb was narrowing, Chicago’s early suburbs were nevertheless diverse, including industrial suburbs, racially diverse suburbs, and many spaces where workers struggled to achieve homeownership. Working-class and elite Chicagoans helped develop the American dream of homeownership and positioned Chicago as a paradigmatic American city.

Keywords:   American dream, industrial suburbs, working-class suburbs, Chicago

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