By Duane A. Smith
The Eighteen Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American heritage, with monetary melancholy, conflict, heated politics, and hard work conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as a global strength. in contrast chaotic history, existence within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich so that it will be sure what existence used to be like in those small groups. His attention-grabbing learn, in line with a detailed exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, deals a special portrait of way of life in those cities. A story of 2 cities indicates how small city existence a century in the past in those groups used to be particularly comparable, and hauntingly primary to lifestyles in each one city this present day.
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As Mark Twain observed, "There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. " Page xix NOTES 1. Nellie Forsythe diary, Aug. 22-27, 1893, Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University. , 1893). Julian Ralph, Harper's Chicago and the World's Fair (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893), 1, 161-62, 235-36. Paul Patton, "The Great Chicago Fair, a Wonder of Wonders," Smithsonian (June 1993), 38, 40, 42-44, 46, 48. William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis (New York: W. W. , 1991), 341, 368.
They are not insignificant, unimportant, out-of-the-way towns; rather, they symbolize the heart and soul of a nation in the throes of change. The people whom Nellie knew and the Durangoans who walked and worked in their own town were ordinary Americans with a story to tell. Their dreams and hopes, their successes and failures, reveal much about them and late nineteenth-century America. No great leaders emerged from either community. Most of these people lived the quiet life of middle-class America, hoping to make a living and give their children more opportunity than they themselves had.
W. , 1991), 341, 368. Dean Andrea Oppenneimer, "Revisiting the White City," Historic Preservation (March-April 1993), 42, 44, 46. Jessie Heckman Hirschl, "The Great White City,'' American Heritage (Oct. 1960), 9-19, 75. 2. Ray Allen Billington, Frederick Jackson Turner (New York: Oxford University Press, 1973), 124-31. : Prentice-Hall, 1961), 37-62. 3. A Week at the Fair, 203, 204, 246. Sandwich Argus, July 16, 1892. Sandwich Free Press, April 13, April 20, May 4, May 18, May 25, June 22, June 29, Oct.
A tale of two towns: a mining and a farming community in the 1890s by Duane A. Smith