Seminar: Lost Cities of Chicago’s South Side

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September 26, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Urban History / Studies

Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture, Massachusetts Historical Society

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:15 PM

Carlo Rotella, Boston College

Lost Cities of Chicago’s South Side

Comment: Samuel Zipp, Brown University


Any city is composed of many layers, including superseded and could-have-been versions of itself: lost cities. This essay is drawn from Rotella’s current book project on South Shore, a neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. Over the past half-century, the area has gradually shifted toward a class system of haves and have-nots separated by an increasingly forbidding divide. Its fallen orders, which include factory complexes and ethnic urban villages, nevertheless exert a persistent pull today.


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