Category: Antebellum Chicago

Mapping Power and Privilege Through Prostitution

Antebellum Chicago: 1855 In the early nineteenth century, the lives of women in Chicago centered primarily in the home. Women interacted with the city in a utilitarian way, rarely engaging in Chicago for the purposes of entertainment. They had little power in social and political realms and the vast majority did not work or own land. However, this was not…

Sperka: Water Systems and Life in 19th Century Chicago

Antebellum Chicago Chicago is a port city, located on Lake Michigan with Chicago River running through it. It was a small city at first; in 1837 there were only about 4,000 people.[1] But rapid population growth would pose a lot of problems as immigration and industry exploded over the next century. The events leading up to the creation of a…