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"The enthralling story of the Great Chicago Fire and the power struggle over the city's reconstruction in the wake of the tragedy. In October of 1871, Chicagoans knew they were due for the "big one"-a massive, uncontrollable fire that would decimate the city. There hadn't been a meaningful rain since July, and several big blazes had nearly outstripped the fire department's scant resources. On October 8, when Kate Leary's barn caught fire, so began...
Library of America volume 289
A collection of 127 first-person narratives by writers such as Richard Harding Davis, Edith Wharton, John Reed, Henry Morgenthau, Leslie Davis, Jane Addams, Emma Goldman, Victor Chapman, Edmond Genet, Hervey Allen, Ellen N. La Motte, Mary Borden, Carrie Chapman Catt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and many more. "The world must be made safe for democracy," Woodrow Wilson declared a century ago,...