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Interpretive Digital Essay : Globalization: Chicago and the World
Globalization: Chicago and the World
Essay: Introduction
Essay: Chicago in the Middle Ground
Map: Chicago's World¬óWithin a Day's Travel
Essay: Global Chicago
Colonial Trans-Atlantic Networks
A Cosmopolitan Frontier
Global Capitalism and Chicago Real Estate
Built Environment in a Mercantile Metropolis
Networks of Rails
World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
Turn-of-the-Century Industrialization and International Markets
The Chicago Region and Its Global Models
An Upstart Behemoth
Mailing To the World
The World in Chicago
Chicago's Twentieth-Century Cultural Exports
"The Whole World Is Watching"
Corporate Headquarters and Industrial Relics
Map: Changing Origins of Metropolitan Chicago's Foreign-Born Population
View of the Public Square, 1848
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Chicago in 1848 was still a relatively small, raw, muddy city, growing at a pace that residents recognized would not always be graceful. On April 25, the Chicago Daily Journal published an engraving of improvements on the public square, showing the courthouse (1), with the Sherman House hotel looming behind it, the watch house (2), and jail buildings (3). The engraving was prepared from a daguerreotype, an early photographic process, and the Daily Journal editor, tongue planted firmly in cheek, noted: "It is proper to state, to prevent an erroneous impression, that 16 cows and calves, 10 horses and colts, and 30 or 40 dogs were driven out, and the gate-ways kept guarded, during the time the original picture was being taken. They were permitted to return, however, as soon as the artist left the ground."