In this Meet the Author event, Andrew J. Diamond will discuss his new book, Chicago on the Make: Power and Inequality in a Modern City. He traces the evolution of the city’s politics, culture, and economy as it grew from an unruly tangle of rail yards, slaughterhouses, factories, tenement houses, and fiercely defended ethnic neighborhoods into a truly global urban center.
Reinterpreting the familiar narrative that Chicago’s autocratic machine politics shaped its institutions and public life, Dr. Diamond demonstrates how the grassroots politics of race crippled progressive forces and enabled an alliance of downtown business interests to promote a neoliberal agenda that created the stark inequalities that ravage the city today. Chicago on the Make takes the story into the twenty-first century, chronicling Chicago’s deeply entrenched social and urban problems as the city ascended to the national stage during the Obama years.
After his talk, Dr. Diamond will sign copies of the book in the Newberry lobby. Chicago on the Make: Power and Inequality in a Modern City will be available for purchase in the Newberry Bookstore. Your purchase helps to support the Newberry Library and this program’s featured author.