The Working Man's Reward

Chicago's Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl
Author(s): 
Lewinnek, Elaine
ISBN: 
9780199769223
Date published: 
June 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£29.99

Between the 1860s and 1920s, Chicago's working-class immigrants designed the American dream of home-ownership, viewing homes as a consumer-oriented respite from work and a productive space they hoped to control. Spurred by ideas about the gendered respectability of domesticity, early city planning and land economics, Chicagoans helped create America's suburbanization.