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Altgeld's America

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The "America" of this excellent book by the author of Six Days or Forever?, the story of the Scopes trial, is actually Chicago, for with John Peter Altgeld, social reformer & Governor of Illinois, as his protagonist & the Haymarket bomb of 1886 as his catalytic agent he tells the story of Chicago's political & social history in the late 19th century, its fabulo ...more
Unknown Binding, 376 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by New Viewpoints (first published 1958)
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Erik Graff
Apr 05, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
I've read several of Ray Ginger's social histories and they are all very good. This is a history of the United States of America told from the perspective of the Altgeld administration of Illinois during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its focus is on my home town, Chicago, the heart of so much change in that period.

It is embarrassing to note that my paternal grandmother's father, Albrecht Neuman, worked with the notorious Judge Gary in the development of the Indiana town name
Sep 01, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
ray ginger is an unacknowledged great in american history. he wrote the definitive biography of eugene debs & tackles a pivotal moment in the book "altgeld's america." chicago in the aftermath of the haymarket affair pitted big money & all-american graft against the burgeoning union movement and the nobler goals of jane addams & hull house.
Adrian Colesberry
Like The Free and the Unfree, this is a populist history of the era after the Civil War. As I remember, it concentrated on events around Chicago.
Nov 20, 2013 Carl rated it it was amazing
Great look at the transition from pluralism to corporatism in American economic life
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