Chicago on the Make
Power and Inequality in a Modern City
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Winner of the 2017 Jon Gjerde Prize, Midwestern History Association
Winner of the 2017 Award of Superior Achievement, Illinois State Historical Society
Heralded as America’s quintessentially modern city, Chicago has attracted the gaze of journalists, novelists, essayists, and scholars. Yet few historians have attempted big-picture narratives of the city’s transformation over the twentieth century. Chicago on the Make traces the evolution of the city’s politics, culture, and economy as it grew from an unruly tangle of rail yards, slaughterhouses, factories, tenement houses, and fiercely defended ethnic neighborhoods into a global urban center. Reinterpreting the narrative that Chicago’s autocratic machine politics shaped its institutions and public life, Andrew J. Diamond demonstrates how the grassroots politics of race crippled progressive forces and enabled an alliance of downtown business interests to promote a neoliberal agenda that created stark inequalities. Chicago on the Make takes the story into the twenty-first century, chronicling Chicago’s deeply entrenched social and urban problems as the city ascended to the national stage during the Obama years.
Praise For Chicago on the Make: Power and Inequality in a Modern City…
— New York Times Book Review
— New York Times
— International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
— American Historical Review
"Diamond’s book, for anyone looking to actually understand the 'how' and 'why' of what has been called the most American of cities, does both of these concepts laudable justice. . . . Chicago on the Make combines a 'play the hits' version of Chicago’s history with refreshingly new analysis and insight crucial to scholars interested in urban studies and in the real national significance of Chicago."
— Chicago Review
— Journal of Interdisciplinary History
University of California Press, 9780520286498, 440pp.
Publication Date: June 16, 2020