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  • 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...

  • Maria's Journeyby Ramon Arredondo; Trisha Hull Arredondo

    Indiana Historical Society Press 2013; US$ 9.95

    Born into the Mexican Revolution, Maria Perez entered an arranged marriage at age fourteen to Miguel Arredondo. The couple and their tiny daughter immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, living in a boxcar while Miguel worked for a Texas railroad and eventually settling in East Chicago, Indiana, where Miguel worked for Inland Steel. Their story... more...

  • Life Linesby Jean Bacon

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 64.99 US$ 55.89

    Asian Indians figure prominently among the educated, middle class subset of contemporary immigrants. They move quickly into residences, jobs, and lifestyles that provide little opportunity with fellow migrants, yet they continue to see themselves as a distinctive community within contemporary American society. In Life Lines Bacon chronicles the creation... more...

  • Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacánby Xóchitl Bada

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

     In this groundbreaking new book, Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacán , Xóchitl Bada reveals how Mexican hometown associations, groups consisting of immigrants from the same small towns, have become a surprisingly powerful force for mobilizing social change in both the United States and Mexico. By giving voice to the members of a group of... more...

  • The Life and Death of Gus Reedby Thomas Bahde

    Ohio University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    Gus Reed was a freed slave who traveled north as Sherman?s March was sweeping through Georgia in 1864. His journey ended in Springfield, Illinois, a city undergoing fundamental changes as its white citizens struggled to understand the political, legal, and cultural consequences of emancipation and black citizenship. Reed became known as a petty thief,... more...

  • The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cowby Richard F. Bales

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2005; US$ 29.95

    The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 swallowed up more than three square miles in two days, leaving thousands homeless and 300 dead. Throughout history, the fire has been attributed to Mrs. O'Leary, an immigrant Irish milkmaid, and her cow. On one level, the tale of Mrs. O'Leary's cow is merely the quintessential urban legend. But the story also... more...

  • The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Illinoisby Nancy M. Beasley

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 45.00

    This book is about previously unidentified people who became Abolitionists involved in the antislavery movement from about 1840 to 1860. Although arrests were made in nearby counties, not one person was prosecuted for aiding a fugitive slave in DeKalb County, Illinois. First, the area Congregationalist, Universalist, Presbyterian and Wesleyan Methodist... more...

  • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871by Paul Bennie

    Infobase Publishing 2008; US$ 42.00

    What really happened in Mrs. O'Leary's barn that autumn night in Chicago? Though no one knows for sure, what is certain is someone, or something, ignited a load of hay on fire, and the city of Chicago would never be the same. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 raged for more than 24 hours, obliterating the downtown and sparking a mass exodus to... more...

  • Jim Crow Nostalgiaby Michelle R. Boyd

    University of Minnesota Press 2008; US$ 57.00

    In the Jim Crow era of the early twentieth century, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on the city’s South Side was a major center of African American cultural vitality and a destination for thousands of Southern blacks seeking new opportunities in the North during the Great Migration. After decades of decline, the 1980s saw several community... more...

  • Good Eating's Cheap Eats in Chicagoby Chicago Tribune Staff

    Agate Publishing 2012; US$ 7.99

    Good Eating's Cheap Eats in Chicago is an extensive insider's guide to the most affordable ethnic and traditional American restaurants, from burger joints and brew pubs to Asian fusion and Middle Eastern cuisine. Handpicked from across the city and its suburbs by the award-winning food writers at the Chicago Tribune. more...