A brief chronicling of the life of a gilded age social movement in Chicago
The campaign for an eight-hour work day began in 1867 and continued into 1890. The movement leaders used social Christianity to different degrees to gain support form the working class, and adjusted their ideological framework as the campaign progressed.
Chicago has always had a very precarious relationship with its surrounding environment, and climate change will only make the effects on the city and its infrastructure more intense.
Jazz music began in New Orleans, Louisiana. The musical genre has roots in European traditions, blues, and ragtime. It also derives from work songs sung by slaves on southern plantations. Jazz was not a popular musical genre until the 20th century when African Americans moved to Chicago during the Great Migration to escape the Jim […]
Overcrowded, poorly built, and unsanitary, tenement housing was one of the worst places to live, yet for so many it was their only choice. Newly settled immigrants as well as working-class families struggled to make a living and had to do so in deplorable conditions. There would be those that tried to change the situation, but their successes would only be temporary. Low-income housing is still a struggle for many today, and the roots of the issue can be traced back to those early days when tenements were the only option.
Today, Chicago stands as a beacon of industry, a center of transportation, and a hub of international finance. One of the most magical cities in the country, Chicago evolved from a desolate trading post of some thirty souls to a city of more than three hundred thousand in 1871. The city of Chicago literally grew […]
Jane Addams impacted the Chicago immigrant community through her work at the Hull House.
This project looks at the major contributing factors that led up to the Chicago Race Riots during the “Red Summer” of 1919.
The diverse food processing industry and migration into Chicago.
While modern Catholic immigrants into Chicago are from Central and South America, Chicago’s Catholic churches, built from the 1850s to 1924, reflect the European immigrants who were their original parishes. The reasons behind the styles, though, are less straightforward.