in Chicago Made

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226477015
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226477046 | DOI:

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On the eve of the Great Depression, Chicago was America's second industrial city. With the exception of New York, Chicago, by almost any measure, outdistanced all other urban centers. With a population of more than 3.3 million in the city and another 1.2 million in the surrounding suburbs, the district's economy encompassed nearly every aspect of the manufacturing, service, transportation, construction, commercial, and professional world in the United States. This book shows that the metropolitan scale is important for understanding the industrial and urban histories of the United States. Probing the internal dynamics of manufacturing change and interchange in metropolitan areas unravels the relationship of capital investment and industrial change, reasserts the importance of the metropolis as the central coordinating entity of American society, and demonstrates the autonomy of industrial relations within the metropolis.

Keywords: Chicago; industrial city; metropolis; industrial history; manufacturing; industrial relations

Chapter.  6976 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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