Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman, Second Edition by Carl Smith

Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model…

byCarl Smith

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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Haymarket bombing of 1886, and the making and unmaking of the model town of Pullman—these remarkable events in what many considered the quintessential American city forced people across the country to confront the disorder that seemed inevitably to accompany urban growth and social change.

In Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief, Carl Smith explores the imaginative dimensions of these events as he traces the evolution of interconnected beliefs and actions that increasingly linked city, disorder, and social reality in the minds of Americans. Examining a remarkable range of writings and illustrations, as well as protests, public gatherings, trials, hearings, and urban reform and construction efforts, Smith argues that these three events—and the public awareness of them—not only informed one another, but collectively shaped how Americans understood, and continue to understand, Chicago and modern urban life.

This classic of urban cultural history is updated with a foreword by the author that expands our understanding of urban disorder to encompass such recent examples as Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and 9/11.

 “Cultural history at its finest.  By utilizing questions and methodologies of urban studies, social history, and literary history, Smith creates a sophisticated account of changing visions of urban America.”—Robin F. Bachin, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

About The Author

Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Title:Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model…Format:PaperbackDimensions:407 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226764249

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Part One
Fire
     The Great Conflagration
     Trial by Fire
     Social Restraint  
     The Fire and Cultural Memory
 
Part Two
Bomb
     From Resurrection to Insurrection
     Plots and Counterplots
     Words on Trial
 
Part Three
Strike
     Taming the Urban Beast 
     Putting Pullman in Its Place: The Search for a New Urban Order 
     Making Sense of the Age 

Epilogue 
Notes 
Index

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“What ultimately distinguishes this book is the coherence, grace, and clarity of Smith’s interpretations and the beauty of his writing.”