Sin In The Second City

What does Karen Abbott’s Sin in the Second City tell us about gender in the turn of the 20th century Chicago?      Sin, you can say that again! The turn of the twentieth century began an era of exuberant change and wild growth in which sin ran rampant especially in the Levee district of Chicago … Continue reading

Death in the Haymarket

What does James Green’s Death in the Haymarket tell you about the history of Chicago that separates it from other American cities of the era? In what ways was Chicago the same?      1880’s Chicago; a city whose environment was on the brink of change or disaster. In a time called the gilded age, where … Continue reading

The Jungle

Does the fact that Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is a work of fiction render it more or less effective as a work of propaganda? What is propaganda? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary propaganda is “the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person.”   … Continue reading

Did Lincoln Own Slaves?

What does Gerald Prokopowicz’s book, Did Lincoln Own Slaves?, tell us about Lincoln’s politics, character and personality?      Abraham Lincoln made the statement “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end.”  This statement sums up the life of Lincoln and … Continue reading