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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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“Vast and Sudden Municipality”

“Vast and Sudden Municipality”

Boosting and Lamenting Chicago’s Growth

(p.16) Chapter 1 “Vast and Sudden Municipality”
The Working Man’s Reward

Elaine Lewinnek

Oxford University Press

An overview of Chicago’s first century as a city, tracing the expansion of Chicago’s real estate businesses, boosters, and suburbs, this chapter also analyzes literary reactions to Chicago’s early suburbanization, especially Henry Fuller’s With the Procession (1895) and James Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy (1932–35), lamenting the pressures of Chicago’s growth machine.

Keywords:   Chicago, boosters, suburbs, suburbanization, growth machine, Henry Fuller, James Farrell

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