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Jeannette Swist is the founder and principal of Applied Resource Management with over 20 years of experience in management, human resources, adult learning, and organizational behavior/development. SwistÂ’s Lithuanian ancestors immigrated to Back of the Yards before 1910.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (June 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073855054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738550541
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Quiroz on April 16, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book and especially liked the photos. I grew up in this neighborhood and there are a lot of memories that I have, and being able to back them up with photos and the history written here is so delightful! Wish there was more focus on the area south of 47th Street where I grew up but it's all good! I saw some photos in here of friend's families, founders of the area, and even a couple of my teachers! If you are curious about a wonderful old fashioned neighborhood, this is the book for you!!
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I spent two summers (1968 and 1969) working on the Southwest side of Chicago as a community organizer. The Southwest side in actually south and west of the Back of the Yards neighborhood. However, descendents of the early immigrants that settled in the Back of the Yards tended to move to the nearby Southwest side. Consequently, when I lived on the Southwest side, the composition of the neighbvorhood was largely third and fourth generation Lithuanian-American citizens. Thus this book brought back memories to me of my experiences in Chicago in the 1960s.
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By Neenie on April 22, 2012
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This book is a terrific walk down memory lane for those of us who grew up in the Back of the Yards. It is full of photos that capture the spirit and the heart of a proud, multi-ethnic community that was made up of hard-working, family-oriented people. For those who don't know who we were, join us, buy the book and take a look--you won't be disappointed!
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I really enjoyed the pictures because they brought back so many memories! Even though I lived in the neighborhood for fifteen years, this book taught so much history about the Back of the Yards. Thanks for the book!
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