By Duane A. Smith
The Eighteen Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American historical past, with fiscal melancholy, struggle, heated politics, and hard work conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as an international energy. by contrast chaotic historical past, existence within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, appeared to be worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich with the intention to confirm what lifestyles was once like in those small groups. His attention-grabbing research, in accordance with a detailed exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, deals a distinct portrait of daily life in those cities. A story of 2 cities indicates how small city lifestyles a century in the past in those groups used to be particularly comparable, and hauntingly common to existence in every one city at the present time.
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The Boys Got What They Wanted 75 6. Two-for-a-Quarter Statesmen 89 7. School Marms and Printers' Devils 105 8. No Better Place in America to Live 121 Photographic Essay: The People 133 9. Old-Time Religion 151 10. This Is Woman's Opportunity 167 11. Joy in Mudville 191 12. Friendship, Love, and Truth 205 13. The Good Old Days 221 Epilogue: After the Ball 245 Essay on Sources 253 Index 255 Page ix PREFACE What is about to unfold is the story of two small towns-Sandwich, Illinois, and Durango, Coloradotowns like those many Americans remember from their youth; towns that gave residents a sense of place, a sense of home; towns where people had time to talk to you, knew when you were sick, and missed you if you failed to show up in church on Sunday; towns with schools within walking distance, alleys behind homes, and vacant lots for games and youthful adventures.
On Tuesday morning, August 22, an observant, excited Sandwich teacher Nellie Forsythe took the 8:30 train for the "White City" sixty miles away. The thirty-year-old woman spent the next five days there, while visiting her aunt in Douglas Park. Despite a setback returning home one evening"I had quite an experience getting on the wrong train, but we finally got there"she had a wonderful time sightseeing (Forsythe diary, Aug. 22-27). On the fair's Illinois Day (Aug. " But she persisted and before going home on the midnight train two days later, found time to see " 'America' the grandest historical spectacle of the time.
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