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  • Packing Them Inby Sylvia Hood Washington

    Lexington Books 2004; US$ 34.99

    This important new book by Sylvia Washington adds a vital new dimension to our understanding of environmental history in the United States. Washington excavates and tells the stories of Chicago's poor, working class, and ethnic minority neighborhoods?such as Back of the Yards and Bronzeville?that suffered disproportionately negative environmental impacts... more...

  • Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago Historyby Adam Selzer; William Griffith

    Globe Pequot Press 2012; US$ 13.99

    A delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of the Windy City through their deeds and misdeeds.   Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History features twenty-five short profiles of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from... more...

  • Toward a Tenderer Humanity and a Nobler Womanhoodby Anne M. Knupfer; Leonard Silk

    NYU Press 1997; US$ 22.95

    During the Progressive Era, over 150 African American women's clubs flourished in Chicago. Through these clubs, women created a vibrant social world of their own, seeking to achieve social and political uplift by educating themselves and the members of their communities. In politics, they battled legal discrimination, advocated anti-lynching laws,... more...

  • Vanishing Edenby Michael Maly; Heather Dalmage

    Temple University Press 2015; US$ 28.95

    For many whites, desegregation initially felt like an attack on their community. But how has the process of racial change affected whites? understanding of community and race? In Vanishing Eden, Michael Maly and Heather Dalmage provide an intriguing analysis of the experiences and memories of whites who lived in Chicago neighborhoods experiencing... more...

  • The WPA Guide to Illinoisby Federal Writers' Project

    Trinity University Press 2013; US$ 7.99

    During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers? Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country?s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later... more...

  • Weekends in Chicagoby Chicago Tribune Staff

    Agate Publishing 2013; US$ 4.99

    An insider's guide to planning perfect weekend getaways to Chicago. Created by the award-winning staff and critics of the Chicago Tribune, Weekends in Chicago curates a broad variety of entertaining activities based on your personality, interests, and length of visit. more...

  • Black on the Blockby Mary Pattillo

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 22.50

    In Black on the Block , Mary Pattillo?a Newsweek Woman of the 21st Century?uses the historic rise, alarming fall, and equally dramatic renewal of Chicago?s North Kenwood?Oakland neighborhood to explore the politics of race and class in contemporary urban America.             There was... more...

  • Brothers Emanuelby Ezekiel J. Emanuel

    Halban 2013; US$ 4.23

    "This delightful memoir is a deeply personal tale of one family, but it's also about much larger things: America and tribal identity, love and rivalry, and the moral lessons to be learned as you grow up." Walter Isaacson For years, people have been asking Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel, the brash, outspoken, and fiercely loyal eldest brother in the Emanuel... more...

  • Brown in the Windy Cityby Lilia Fernández

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 30.00

    Brown in the Windy City  is the first history to examine the migration and settlement of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in postwar Chicago. Lilia Fernández reveals how the two populations arrived in Chicago in the midst of tremendous social and economic change and, in spite of declining industrial employment and massive urban renewal projects,... more...

  • Chicago Livesby The Chicago Tribune; Bill Parker

    Triumph Books 2006; US$ 11.99

    A unique journey through the 20th century in Chicago, this work reveals the characters whose lives put an indelible stamp on the city. Some were famous, like Richard J. Daley and Harold Washington, while others were infamous or unacknowledged, living fascinating lives that helped shape the city while remaining anonymous at the same time like, such... more...