CHICAGO: Crossroads of American Enterprise by Dor B. Nayes

CHICAGO: Crossroads of American Enterprise

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Second in The Cities of America Biographies series (of which Hoosier City by Jeannette Nolan was the first). This gives a swift view, sometimes staccato, of the changing tempers of the times, and the differing scales which have given Chicago its reputation. All the highlights are here, -- the missionaries, the Dearborn mass, the cholera, mud, the new industrialism, the from its stockyards, railroad supplies, the great fire, the employer-employee conflicts, the literary growth and influence, on to the scandals of Insull and the recent stand on isolationism, Romantic at times, clearheaded at others, this blends the various faces of Chicago's story from a socially conscious angle, rather than a political one, emphasizing the thought patterns of the periods, and the interlocking growth of the city. It sounds a high note at the end, with Chicago's contribution to the war effort, but indicates the reforms still to come in labor, in race problems, in international and world questions. The lack of emphasis on the murky political aspects of Chicago's checkered history will be sure cause for comment. The omission is quite obvious. Chicago as a topic is of wider general interest than Indianapolis, but the market remains primarily a local one.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1944
Publisher: Messner