Subtitle: The Lincoln Ideal Versus Changing Realities
This book was required for a 9-hour college class called "The American Experience." It was so good, that I have saved it for several decades.
Press and Reviews for Altgeld's America
"A dramatic biography of a vivid era in the history of Chicago and the nation"New York Times
"A rich and juicy book" New Yorker phis book sings" Chicago Sunday Tribune
"Excellently documented, tautly written, and highly readable, this book is an invaluable contribution to the literature of America's social and political development and philosophy" Kirkus Review
"Altgelds America focuses on Chicago from 1892-1905, describing the forces that had remodeled America from the rural society of Lincoln's day... Here are the business leaders: Marshall Field, Gustavus F. Swift, Philip D. Armour, George M. Pullman and Charles T. Yerkes. Here are labor organizers, including Albert R. Parsons and Eugene V. Debs, and politicians ranging from Gov. John Peter Altgeld to the gray wolves of the City Council. Here also are thousands upon thousands of new immigrants rewarding the ward bosses with their votes in return for significant welfare services; Jane Addams and her associates at the Hull House struggling on the urban frontier; Clarence Darrow, Henry D. Lloyd, Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey and Theodore Dreiser in their different ways exposing the follies of a generation lusting for material success." New York Times