Archive for the ‘History’ Category

The Lager Beer Riot

Apr
16

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Raise a glass to the Lager Beer Riot! It exposed a strain of bigotry that ran through the Temperance movement and opened doors to recreation.

In the 1840s, Chicago’s population expanded with the influx in immigrants. Irish escaped the Great

Ray Johnson: Friend of the White City

Apr
14

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Author Ray Johnson is truly a friend of the White City. He provides free lectures and tours on Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition via The Friends of the White City. He was kind enough to answer a few questions …

What’s In a Name?

Apr
07

Locus

In the April 1987  Locus Magazine  letters column, author K.W. Jeter coined the term steampunk.…

The Day There Were No Cops

Mar
24

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On March 22, 1861, Mayor “Long John” Wentworth fired the whole Chicago police force.

To see how this occurred, it’s necessary to review a little history of the Chicago Police Department and the relationship that Wentworth shared with it.

Before …

Do You Want a Taste of the Whip?

Mar
10


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In these times of fifty shades of media saturation, credit is due to the author whose name inspired the term masochism, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. His name and proclivities were used as examples in the early psychiatric community, but his …

Chicago Incorporated

Mar
03

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Happy birthday to Chicago! Congratulations on being incorporated by the State of Illinois on March 4, 1837.

We could count your years in a few different ways. After all, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable became known as the first permanent, …

Welcome to The Jungle

Feb
24

Jungle

Not every novel leads to legislation. Upton Sinclair took an undercover job in the Chicago Stockyards to research his expose of the meatpacking industry, The Jungle. The first installment was published in the newspaper Appeal to Reason on February …

Steampunk Manifested

Feb
17

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A spectre is haunting steampunk—the spectre of Marxism! On February 21, 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto. By no means is steampunk a Marxist movement, but as this treatise influenced revolutions and built nations, its …

News from Nowhere

Jan
06

Commonweal

The first installment of William Morris’ Victorian scientific romance News from Nowhere was published in Commonweal on January 11, 1890. Like Rip Van Winkle or Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the narrator William Guest slept …

The Ragged Ragtime Girls

Dec
30

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Not only did Aleister Crowley serve as the Great Beast and the prophet of the Age of Horus, he managed a girl group. The seven women in the Ragged Ragtime Girls played violin and danced. The act was based on …