Becoming the Second City
Chicago's Mass News Media, 1833-1898
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Chicago has long been a butt of newspaper and magazine jokes. When a New York paper mocked a report that a wolf had been seen running loose on a Chicago street in 1840, a hometown editor couldn’t resist the retort that Chicago “was growing so fast that the wild animals just can’t keep out of the way.” A popular mid-nineteenth...
1. From Zero to 29,963 in Just Fifty-five Years
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If the intent of the original Congress had prevailed, much of Chicago, its north and western suburbs, and cities such as Galena and Rockford would today be a part of Wisconsin. The original border between what would become Illinois and Wisconsin, set by the Congress of Confederation in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, was sixty-one...
2. "Chicago is the Head-Centre, the Mecca, of All Creation"
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A crowd of men and women gathered on the chilly morning of January 15, 1848, at the Salon, a large wooden-frame hall at the southeast corner of Lake and Clark streets, to witness history being made. Their attention was riveted to a shining metal-and-wood device connected to a long copper wire running outside of the building. The...
3. The Victory over St. Louis
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Among the usual police reports of drunkenness, brawling, and petty mayhem common in mid-nineteenth-century Chicago newspapers, a new type of crime began to appear with greater frequency beginning in the late 1840s. “We warn the farmers and others visiting...
4. Chicago Radicalism, Nineteenth-Century Style
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The Haymarket Square bombing, the first major domestic bombing in American history, touched the lives of many Chicagoans, but none more intimately than one Nina Van Zandt. Born of affluent Yankee parents, Van Zandt was one of Chicago’s earliest young socialites. An attractive woman, she was a graduate of Vassar College...
5. The Beauty
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The Haymarket executions emboldened a new generation of American newspapermen and reformers, but none quite like twenty-seven-year old Chicago Evening Post columnist and second-generation Irishman Finley Peter Dunne. Writing under the guise of a fictional Bridgeport saloon keeper named Martin J. (or Mr.) Dooley, Dunne called...
6. Second City
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Chicagoans have long associated the emergence of their world-class city with the timing of the 1893 World’s Fair, for it was that event which brought together the diverse talents, energies, and ideas then percolating within and without the city. “That first year...
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2010