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Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Working Class in American History) Hardcover – April 2, 2012


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  • Series: Working Class in American History
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252036832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252036835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,521,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "A masterful case for the power of intensive local studies."--Journal of Illinois History

"Chicago in the Age of Capital
will be useful to other historians for its extensive use of newspaper records and its solid grounding in the quantitative analysis of population and manufacturing trends. Its blend of social, political, and intellectual history contextualizes and deepens our understanding of the relationship between capital, labor and politics." The Historian
 



"Excellent work."--Choice

"An indispensable study for anyone interested in the labor history of Chicago in the nineteenth century. . . . this book also provides a useful context to some of the most dramatic events in that history."--American Historical Review


"This first-rate study of an important city offers a careful, nuanced take on the relationship between modern capitalism and democracy."--The Journal of American History
 
"Scholars seeking to understand the intricacies of Chicago's political history in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction should start here.  Those with broader interests in the relationship between capitalism and democracy in the late nineteenth century will find in this book a provocative alternative to the dominant historiographical perspective."--Reviews in American History

About the Author

 

John B. Jentz is a research and instructional services librarian at Marquette University and coeditor of German Workers in Industrial Chicago, 1850–1910: A Comparative Perspective. Richard Schneirov is a professor of history at Indiana State University and the author of Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864–97.

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I"m impressed, parts are like reading Dreiser, the sense of social forces. There's a narrative push, events unfolding, and the writing is strong. I didn't see two styles' I did see clear, uncluttered, honest prose. I liked when the authors explained the shift in terminology and scholarship. The book doesn't feel written over the heads of general readers into the minds of specialists. I hope some general readers get their hands on it. I'm one of those, and a Chicagoan.
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