By Duane A. Smith
The Eighteen Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American historical past, with monetary melancholy, struggle, heated politics, and hard work conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as a global strength. in contrast chaotic history, lifestyles within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, appeared to be worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich as a way to ensure what lifestyles was once like in those small groups. His attention-grabbing learn, in keeping with an in depth exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, deals a different portrait of way of life in those cities. A story of 2 cities exhibits how small city existence a century in the past in those groups used to be fairly comparable, and hauntingly established to lifestyles in every one city this present day.
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22-27). On the fair's Illinois Day (Aug. " But she persisted and before going home on the midnight train two days later, found time to see " 'America' the grandest historical spectacle of the time. " Relaxing at home the next day, she concluded, "My mind is in a whirl. Such sights I have seen. " Another excited visitor could only recommend, "Sell the cookstove if necessary and come. " Sandwich and Durango both participated in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, better known as the Chicago World's Fair.
A tale of two towns: a mining and a farming community in the 1890s by Duane A. Smith