By Duane A. Smith
The Eighteen Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American historical past, with fiscal melancholy, struggle, heated politics, and exertions conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as a global energy. in contrast chaotic history, lifestyles within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich so as to be sure what lifestyles used to be like in those small groups. His attention-grabbing examine, according to a detailed exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, deals a distinct portrait of way of life in those cities. A story of 2 cities indicates how small city existence a century in the past in those groups used to be really related, and hauntingly usual to existence in each one city at the present time.
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Extra info for A tale of two towns: a mining and a farming community in the 1890s
What impact did regionalism have on each town? Would a visitor notice differences between Sandwich and Durango, strolling down their respective Main Streets or getting to know their residents' lifestyles? " A century ago these people had lives of their own. The years since have blended those lives together in the mists of history. , said of an earlier generation, Americans' "hearts were touched by fire"they experienced the depression that followed the panic of 1893, as well as the election of 1896, the Spanish-American War, and the stirring of reform.
5. Agriculture-lllinois-Sandwich-History-20th century. 6. Mineral industries-Colorado- Durango-History-20th century. I. 3'28- -dc2197-2 1784 CIP The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials. 48-1 948 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Dedicated to Beverly Johnson Agnes Henning Florence Devine May Sebby Marjorie Smith Hash CONTENTS Preface ix Prologue xiii 1. The Most Brilliant Future 1 2.
These figures reflect the longer existence and greater stability of Sandwich. In neither community was there evidence of a marked economic or social distinction between those who owned and those who rented. Page 19 Very few families were headed by women in Sandwich, and the women who headed families were usually widows. Durango had more women heads of household, many of whom had mining husbands working elsewhere. Families headed by women still made up fewer than one percent of all families in Sandwich and Durango.