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Urban Green: Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago
by Colin Fisher
In early twentieth-century America, affluent city-dwellers made a habit of venturing out of doors and vacationing in resorts and national parks. Yet the rich and the privileged were not the only ones who sought respite in nature. In this pathbreaking book, historian Colin Fisher demonstrates that working-class white immigrants and African Americans in rapidly ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 11th 2015 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published May 10th 2015)
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A unique angle on history - Chicago's urban growth as seen via its parks and green space, or alternatively, the rise of American parks and leisure from an urban, working class perspective. It hits the familiar major points of pre-WW2 Chicago history but doesn't dwell on them too long; instead you get stories about company picnics, the city's first Boy & Girl Scouts, labor parades, and German beer gardens. Some especially fascinating bits include the story in the first chapter about an early ...more