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Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers

Adam Mack


A hundred years and more ago, a walk down a Chicago street invited an assault on the senses. Untiring hawkers shouted from every corner. The manure from thousands of horses lay on streets pooled with molasses and puddled with kitchen grease. Odors from a river gelatinous and lumpy with all manner of foulness mingled with the all-pervading stench of the stockyard slaughterhouses. This book lets fresh air into the sensory history of Chicago in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by examining five case studies: the Chicago River, the Great Fire, the Pullman Strike of 1894, the publicatio ... More

Keywords: odor, sound, Chicago River, Great Fire, 1894 Pullman Strike, Upton Sinclair, White City amusement park, senses, noise, sensory history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039188
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Mack, author
School of the Art Institute of Chicago