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Urban Green – Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Urban Green: Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago

Colin Fisher


In early twentieth-century America, affluent city-dwellers made a habit of venturing out of doors and vacationing in resorts and national parks. Yet the rich and the privileged were not the only ones who sought respite in nature. This book demonstrates that working-class white immigrants and African Americans in rapidly industrializing Chicago also fled the urban environment during their scarce leisure time. While narrating a crucial era in the history of Chicago’s urban development, the book makes important interventions in debates about working-class leisure, the history of urban parks, envi ... More

Keywords: city-dwellers, nature, working-class white immigrants, African Americans, Chicago, urban environment, leisure time, working-class leisure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469619958
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Fisher, author