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Chicago Business and Industry: From Fur Trade to E-Commerce

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780226709369
Author(s): Janice L. Reiff
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 181 x 253 x 21 (w x l x h)
Pages: 392

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From its humble beginnings as a fur-trading outpost, Chicago has become one of the foremost centers of world finance and trade. With its blue-collar work ethic and an economic history that extends into virtually every segment of American industry, it certainly lives up to its moniker as the City That Works. Drawing on the award-winning 'Encyclopedia of Chicago', Janice L. Reiff has compiled a unique history of work in the 'Windy City'. Beginning with an overview of the city's commercial development, 'Chicago Business and Industry' considers how key industries shaped - and were shaped by - both the local and global economies. The city's phenomenal population growth, its proximity to water, and its development of railroads made Chicago one of the most productive markets for lumber and grain throughout the nineteenth century. The region's once-booming steel industry, on the other hand, suffered a dramatic decline in the second half of the twentieth century, when already weakened demand met with increasing international competition. 'Chicago Business and Industry' chronicles the Chicago region's changing fortunes from its beginning.
Reiff has compiled and updated essays from the Encyclopedia covering the city's most historically famous - and infamous - companies, from the Union Stock Yard to Montgomery Ward to the Board of Trade. The book concludes with a historical account of labor types and issues i
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