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  • New Philadelphiaby Paul Shackel

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 31.95

    New Philadelphia, Illinois, was founded in 1836 by Frank McWorter, a Kentucky slave who purchased his own freedom and then acquired land on the prairie for establishing a new?and integrated?community. McWorter sold property to other freed slaves and to whites, and used the proceeds to buy his family out of slavery. The town population reached 160,... more...

  • Land of Hopeby James R. Grossman

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 18.00

    Grossman’s rich, detailed analysis of black migration to Chicago during World War I and its aftermath brilliantly captures the cultural meaning of the movement. more...

  • Walking Chicagoby Ryan Ver Berkmoes

    Wilderness Press 2010; US$ 17.95

    Walk the streets of Chicago and discover why the town that brought us Michael Jordan, Al Capone, and Oprah is anything but a ?Second City.? Chicago?s diverse neighborhoods represent a true melting pot of America?from Little Italy to Greektown, Chinatown to New Chinatown, and La Villita to the Ukrainian Village. It?s also the most walkable city in... more...

  • Whiskey Breakfastby Richard C. Lindberg

    University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 23.00

    A poignant, multigenerational tale of the Swedish-American experience for two disparate Chicago families more...

  • A Viking in the Familyby Keith Gregson

    The History Press 2011; US$ 14.57

    Genealogist Keith Gregson takes the reader on a whistle-stop tour of quirky family stories and strange ancestors rooted out by amateur and professional family historians. Each lively entry tells the story behind each discovery and then offers a brief insight into how the researcher found and then followed up their leads, revealing a range of chance... more...

  • Peaceful Places: Chicagoby Anne Ford

    Menasha Ridge Press 2011; US$ 13.95

    The fourth in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, Peaceful Places: Chicago leads the reader on an unexpected path. Author Anne Ford uncovers hidden pockets of relaxation throughout the windy city. Her unique guide reveals the surprising gardens, vistas, sanctuaries, café respites, and neighborhood strolls that make up Chicago communities... more...

  • City Watchby Jon Anderson

    University of Iowa Press 2001; US$ 20.00

    In forty-five years as one of Chicago's liveliest journalists for Time, Life, and the Chicago Tribune, Jon Anderson has established a reputation for picking up on what someone once called "the beauty of the specific fact." Part "Talk of the Town," part On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Anderson's twice-a-week "City Watch" columns in the Chicago Tribune... more...

  • Chicago's Most Wanted™by Laura L. Enright

    Potomac Books Inc. 2005; US$ 6.95

    One book that “won’t let you down” more...

  • Hooliesby Garry Bushell

    John Blake 2010; US$ 9.99

    Skinheads, Mods, Teddy Boys, Hell's Angels, Punks, Glory Boys, to name just a few—this fascinating book is the definitive guide to hooligan history in the UK. It examines who the men behind the cults were, what made them tick, and why they fought their battles. These warring youth factions inspired copycat cultures around the globe. This in-depth... more...

  • Chicago's New Negroesby Davarian L. Baldwin

    The University of North Carolina Press 2007; US$ 30.00

    As early-twentieth-century Chicago swelled with an influx of at least 250,000 new black urban migrants, the city became a center of consumer capitalism, flourishing with professional sports, beauty shops, film production companies, recording studios, and other black cultural and communal institutions. Davarian Baldwin argues that this mass consumer... more...