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Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – July 1, 2007
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Designated a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2007
"A well-rounded history of Chicago." Quintessential Barrington
"History comes off the page and onto the kitchen table." Lake Magazine
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Topics covered include the Indian past (including the Bowman site and the Blue Island culture), the early fur traders, pre-Fire Chicago, the Chicago Fire, the rapid rebuilding, the Stockyards and consequences of industrialization, various social issues, the 1968 Democratic Convention, the ascension of Harold Washington to the Office of Mayor, etc. An extensive bibliography in the back of the book allows the reader to do further research on this dynamic city.
Native American life is explored first including how the city got it's name, then the book delves into why the city's first settler was a black man, the arrival of Europeans, the story of Fort Dearborn, the truth about the Chicago fire, the Chicago Exposition, and the influence of Marshall Field and a group of architects who became world-renowned for inventing the skyscraper. The book also examines how people from different countries combined to create the city's unique culture of neighborhoods, including how the blues arrived with sharecroppers from Mississippi's Delta and how ethnice groups including Germans, Serbs, Irish, Mexicans, Poles and other groups came to find work and brought along their own cultural additions to Chicago.
The book looks at all aspects of Chicago from it's earliest beginnings - and does so in a way that is easy for kids to understand and for adults to enjoy. A real gem of a book and great family reading.
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I have just started this book, but it has a lot of in depth material. Very fascinating facts, but not simple material. Appropriate for more mature students.Published 12 months ago by Deborah Haferburns
I purchased this book as a replacement. It was very helpful for a unit about Chicago at the end of the school year.Published on July 30, 2013 by DEE