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Miller, Donald L. City of the Century: the Epic of Chicago and the Making of America. New York: Touchstone Books, 1996.

Illinois in 1837. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell: Grigg and Elliot, 1837.

Adams, Rosemary K. What George Wore and Sally Didn't: Surprising Stories from America's Past. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1998.

Adams, Rosemary K., ed. A Wild Kind of Boldness: the Chicago History Reader. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 1998.

Algren, Nelson. Chicago: City on the Make. With an introduction by Studs Terkel. 50th anniversary edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Andreas, A. T. (Alfred Theodore) History of Chicago. 1884-1886. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1975.

Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1995.

Buisseret, David. Historic Illinois from the Air. Illustrations and cartography by Tom Willcockson. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Cahan, Richard. Chicago: Rising From the Prairie. Carlsbad, California: Heritage Media, 2000.

Cameron, Robert. Above Chicago: a New Collection of Historical and Original Aerial Photographs of Chicago. With text by Tim Samuelson and Cheryl Kent. San Francisco: Cameron, 1992.

Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W. W. Norton, 1992.

Danckers, Ulrich, and Jane Meredith. Early History of Chicago. River Forest, Illinois: Early Chicago, Inc., 2000.

Dedmon, Emmett. Fabulous Chicago . New York: Atheneum, 1981.

Drell, Adrienne, ed. Chicago Sun-Times 20th Century Chicago: 100 Years 100 Voices. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing, 2000.

Duis, Perry. Challenging Chicago: Coping with Everyday Life 1837-1920. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998.

----. Chicago: Creating New Traditions. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1976.

Fanning, Charles. Finley Peter Dunne and Mr. Dooley: the Chicago Years Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1978.

Ginger, Ray. Altgeld's America: the Lincoln Ideal Versus Changing Realities. 1958. Reprint Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1965.

Holt, Glen E., and Dominic Pacyga. Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods: The Loop and the South Side. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1979.

Horowitz, Helen L. Culture and the City: Cultural Philanthropy in Chicago from the 1880s to 1917. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1976.

Latrobe, Charles J. The Rambler in North America . 2 vols. London: R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside, 1836.

Mahoney, Olivia. Go West: Chicago and American Expansion. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1999.

McIlvaine, Mabel. Reminiscences of Chicago During the Civil War. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1914.

----. Reminiscences of Chicago during the [18]40s and [18]50s. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1913.

----. Reminiscences of Early Chicago. Chicago: R. R. Donnelly & Sons Company, 1912.

Pacyga, Dominic. Chicago, City of Neighborhoods: Histories & Tours. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1986.

Pierce, Bessie Louise. As Others See Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1933.

Quaife, Milo M., ed. The Development of Chicago 1674 -1914. Chicago: The Caxton Club, 1916.

Skinner Sawyers, June. Chicago Sketches: Urban Tales, Stories, and Legends from Chicago History. Chicago: Loyola University Press: 1995.

Terkel, Studs. Chicago. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.

African Americans

Dorsey, James. Up South: Blacks in Chicago's Suburbs 1719-1983. Bristol, Indiana: Wyndham Hall Press, 1986.

Grossman, James R. Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Spear, Allan. Black Chicago: The Making of a Negro Ghetto, 1890-1920. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Architecture and Infrastructure

Banham, Reyner. A Concrete Atlantis : U.S. Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture, 1900-1925. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1986.

Bluestone, Daniel M. Constructing Chicago. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Buder, Stanley. Pullman: an Experiment in Industrial Order and Community Planning, 1880-1930. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967.

Conzen, Michael, ed. The Industrial Revolution in the Upper Illinois Valley. Chicago: Committee on Geographical Studies, University of Chicago, 1993.

Conzen, Michael P., and A. R. Daniel, eds. Lockport Legacy: Themes in the Historical Geography of an Illinois Canal Town. Chicago: Committee on Geographical Studies, University of Chicago, 1990.

Doty, Duane. The Town of Pullman. Pullman, Illinois: T. P. Struhsacker, 1893.

Hill, Libby. The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press, 2000.

Hoffman, Donald. The Architecture of John Wellborn Root. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.

Keating, Ann. Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002

Peterson, Fred. Homes In the Heartland: Balloon Frame Farmhouses of the Upper Midwest, 1850-1920. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1992.

Ranney, Edward. Prairie Passage: the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor. Urbana: University of Illinois Press: Canal Corridor Association, 1998.

Reps, John William. Cities of the American West: a History of Frontier Urban Planning. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.

----. Cities of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century Images of Urban Development. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1994.

Solzman, David M. The Chicago River: an Illustrated History and Guide to the River and its Waterways. Chicago: Wild Onion Books, 1998.

Suttles, Gerald. The Man Made City: the Land-Use Confidence game in Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.Young, David. Chicago Transit: An Illustrated History. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1998.

Wolfe, Gerard R. Chicago In and Around the Loop: Walking Tours of Architecture and History. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996.

Zukowsky, John. Chicago Architecture 1872 - 1922: Birth of a Metropolis. Munich: Prestel-Verlag in association with the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987.


Abbot, Willis J. Carter Henry Harrison. A Memoir. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1895.

Addams, Jane. Twenty Years at Hull-House: with Autobiographical Notes. Edited and with an introduction by Victoria Brown. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999.

Dreiser, Theodore. Newspaper Days. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

Ericsson, Henry. Sixty Years A Builder; the Autobiography of Henry Ericsson. Chicago: A. Kroch and Son, 1942.

Gage, Lyman. Memoirs of Lyman J. Gage. New York: House of Field, inc, 1937.

Goodspeed, Thomas W. Gustavus Franklin Swift. Chicago: 1922.

Leech, Harper, and John Charles Carroll. Armour and His Times. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1938.

Leyendecker, Liston E. Palace Car Prince: a Biography of George Mortimer Pullman. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1992.

Lloyd, Caroline Augusta. Henry Demarest Lloyd. New York: G.P. Putnam's, 1912.

Polacheck, Hilda Satt. I Came a Stranger: the Story of a Hull-House Girl. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.

Ross, Ishbel. Silhouette in Diamonds: the Life of Mrs. Potter Palmer. New York: Harper, 1960.

Skinner, June. Chicago Portraits: Biographies of 250 Famous Chicagoans. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1991.

Sklar, Kathryn Kish. Notes of Sixty Years: The Autobiography of Florence Kelley. Chicago: C.H. Kerr Publishing Co., 1986.

Smith, Richard Norton. The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert McCormick 1880-1955. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997.

Stoddard, William. Men of Business. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1894.

Sullivan, Louis. The Autobiography of an Idea. New York: Dover Publications, 1956.

Swift, Louis Franklin. The Yankee of the Yards: the Biography of Gustavus Franklin Swift. Chicago: A.W. Shaw Company, 1927.

Tebbel, John. The Marshall Fields: a Study in Wealth. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1947.

Wells-Barnett, Ida B. Crusade for Justice; the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. Edited by Alfreda M. Duster. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.

Business History

Armour, J. Ogden. The Packers, The Private Car Lines and the People. Philadelphia, H. Altemus Company, 1906.

Koehn, Nancy. Brand New: How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust from Wedgewood to Dell. Boston:  Harvard Business School Press, 2001.

Lurie, Jonathan. The Chicago Board of Trade 1859-1905: the Dynamics of Self-Regulation . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979.

McCormick, Cyrus. The Century of the Reaper. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931.

Skaggs. Jimmy M.Prime Cut: Livestock and Meatpacking in the United States, 1607-1983. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1986.

Skilnik, Bob. The History of Beer and Brewing in Chicago, 1833-1978. St. Paul: Pogo Press, 1999.

Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Reaper. Madison: The Society, 1909.

Wade, Louise C. Chicago's Pride: the Stockyards, Packingtown, and Environs in the Nineteenth Century . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.

Wendt, Lloyd, and Herman Kogan. Give the Lady What She Wants!... The story of Marshall Field & Company. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1952.

Wooler, Neil Dinner in the Diner: a History of Railway Catering. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1987.


Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. 1900. Reprint. New York: Viking Penguin, 1987.

----. The Titan. New York: H. Liveright, 1925.

Garland, Hamlin. Rose of Dutcher's Coolly. 1895. Reprint. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1969.

Sandburg, Carl. Chicago Poems. New York: Henry Holt, 1916.

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. 1906. Reprint. New York: Penguin, 1985.

Smith, Carl. Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

The Fire

Angle, Paul. The Great Chicago Fire. Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1971.

Colbert, Elias. Chicago and the Great Conflagration. Chicago: J. S. Goodman, 1872.

Cromie, Robert. The Great Chicago Fire. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1994.

Goodspeed, Edgar Johnson. The Great Fires in Chicago and the West. Chicago: J. W. Goodspeed, 1871.

Lowe, David. The Great Chicago Fire: in Eyewitness Accounts and 70 Contemporary Photographs and Illustrations. New York: Dover Publications, 1979.

Miller, Ross. The Great Chicago Fire. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

Sawislak, K. Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.


Beijbom, Ulf. Swedes in Chicago. A Demographic and Social Study of the 1846-1880 Immigration. Translated from the Swedish by Donald Brown. Stockholm: Läromedelsförlagen, 1971.

Cutler, Irving. Jewish Chicago: A Pictorial History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Fanning, Charles, Ellen Skerrett, and John Corrigan. Nineteenth Century Chicago Irish: A Social and Political Portrait. Chicago: Center for Urban Policy, Loyola University of Chicago, 1980.

Hofmeister, Rudolf. The Germans of Chicago. Champaign, Illinois: Stipes Publishing Company, 1976.

Holli, Melvin, and Peter Jones. Ethnic Chicago. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1981.

Jentz, John B. German Workers in Chicago. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988.

McGee, Thomas D'Arcy. A History of the Irish Settlers in North America. Boston: P. Donahoe, 1852.

Meites, Hyman L., ed. History of the Jews of Chicago. 1924. Reprint. Chicago: Chicago Jewish Historical Society, 1990.

Pacyga, Dominic. Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1991.

Parot, Joseph. Polish Catholics in Chicago, 1850-1920. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1981.

Labor History

Adelman, William. Haymarket Revisited: a Tour Guide of Labor History Sites and Ethnic Neighborhoods Connected with the Haymarket Affair. Chicago: Illinois Labor History Society, 1976.

Avrich, Paul. The Haymarket Tragedy. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1984.

Barrett, James R. Work and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.

Bruce, Robert V. 1877: Year of Violence. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1959, reprint 1970.

Carwardine, William H. The Pullman Strike. Reprint of 1894 edition. Chicago: C.H. Kerr for the Illinois Labor History Society, 1973.

Coe, Sue. Dead Meat. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1995.

David, Henry. Haymarket Affair. New York: Russell & Russell, 1958.

Dacus, Joseph A. Annals of the Great Strikes. New York: Arno, 1969.

Foner, P. S. Autobiographies of the Haymarket Martyrs. New York: Published for A.I.M.S. by Humanities Press, 1969.

Halpern, Rick. Down on the Killing Floor: Black and White Workers in Chicago's Packinghouses. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Halpern, Rick, and Roger Horowitz. Meatpackers : an Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.

Hirschauer, Herman. Dark Side of the Beef Trust; a treatise concerning the "canner" cow, the cold-storage fowl, the diseased meats, the dopes and preservatives, and what takes place on the other side of the partitions of the packing houses while the public is being entertained by tinsel and music and a parade of prize steers . Jamestown, New York: Root, 1905.

Horowitz, Roger. "Negro and White, Unite and Fight!": A Social History of Industrial Unionism in Meatpacking. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Orear, Leslie. Out of the Jungle: the Packinghouse Workers Fight for Justice and Equality. Hyde Park Press, 1968.

Roediger, Dave, and Franklin Rosemont. Haymarket Scrapbook. Chicago: C.H. Kerr Publishing Co., 1986.

Schaack, Michael. Anarchy and Anarchists. New York: Arno Press, 1977.

Schneirov, Richard. Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864-97. Urban: University of Illinois Press, 1998.

Simons, Algie Martin. Packingtown. Chicago: C.H. Kerr, 1899.

Werstein, Irving. Strangled Voices: the Story of the Haymarket Affair. New York: Macmillan, 1970.

Native Americans, Explorers, and Early Chicago

Chicago Historical Society. Early Chicago and Illinois. Chicago: Fergus, 1890.

Clifton, James. The Prairie People: Continuity and Change in Potawatomi Indian Culture, 1665-1965. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998.

Davis, James. Frontier Illinois. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.

Delanglez, Jean. Life and Voyages of Louis Jolliet. Chicago: Institute of Jesuit History, 1948.

Edmunds, R. David. The Potawatomis, Keepers of the Fire. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1978.

Eifert, Virginia. Louis Jolliet, Explorer of Rivers. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1961.

McIlvaine, Mabel. Reminiscences of Early Chicago. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1912.

Quaife, Milo Milton. The Conquest of the Illinois. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2001.

Winter, George. Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society in cooperation with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, 1993.

----. The Journals and Indian Paintings of George Winter, 1837-1839. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1948.

Politics, Law Enforcement, and Reform

Davis, Allen F. Spearheads for Reform: the Social Settlements and the Progressive Movement, 1890-1914. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1984.

Erie, Steven P. Rainbow's End: Irish Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics, 840-1985. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Fabian, Ann. Card Sharps, Dream Books, and Bucket Shops: Gambling in Nineteenth-Century America. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Flinn, John. History of the Chicago Police. New York: AMS Press, 1973.

Green, Paul M.. The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987.

Kantowicz, Edward. Polish-American Politics in Chicago, 1888-1940. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Lindberg, Richard. To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal. New York: Praeger, 1991.

McDade, Thomas M. The Annals of Murder: A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets on American Murders from Colonial Times to 1900. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1961.

Merriner, James. Mr. Chairman: Power in Dan Rostenkowski's America. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.

Phillips, Sandra. Police Pictures: the Photograph as Evidence. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1997.

Sautter, R. Craig. Inside the Wigwam : Chicago Presidential Conventions, 1860-1996 . Chicago: Loyola Press, 1996.

Simpson, Vernon. Chicago's Politics & Society: a Selected Bibliography. DeKalb: Center for Government Studies, Northern Illinois University, 1972.

Stead, William T. If Christ Came to Chicago!. 1894. Reprint. Chicago: Chicago Historical Bookworks, 1990.

Wendt, Lloyd, and Herman Kogan. Bosses in Lusty Chicago: The Story of Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink. First published as Lords of the Levee, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967.

The World's Columbian Exposition

Gilbert, James Burkhart. Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Hales, Peter B. Constructing the Fair: Platinum Photographs by C. D. Arnold of the World's Columbian Exposition. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1993.

Harris, Neil, Wim de Wit, James Gilbert, and Rovert W. Rydell. Grand Illusions: Chicago's World's Fair of 1893. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1993.

Lewis, Arnold.An Early Encounter with Tomorrow: Europeans, Chicago's Loop, and the World's Columbian Exposition. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Reed, Christopher Robert. All the World is Here: the Black Presence at White City. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Wells-Barnett, Ida. The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World's Columbian Exposition. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

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