This course examines United States urban history through the lens of Chicago. It begins with a set of broad readings on markets and urbanization, the Chicago fire and urban disasters, and industrialization’s role in the rise of the modern metropole. After looking at immigration and migration, suburbanization and segregation, the remainder focuses tightly on a little over a year in the city, from the murder of Laquan McDonald to budget crises and the outmigration of African Americans, to the rise of LGBT power, to the election of the first black woman to the office of Mayor. Urban comparative frameworks are also explored, and short writing assignments are required.
Monday/Wednesday: 2.00-3.20 PM
Instructor: Prof. Kevin Mumford