The Electric City
Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930
Public Works Historical Society: Abel Wolman Award
Illinois State Historical Society: Illinois State Historical Society Award
List of Tables
Part I: The Energy Revolution in the City, 1880-1898
1. Introduction: The Search for Better Lighting, 1848-1880
The City That Coal Built
The Gaslight Era
The Origins of the Electrical Revolution
2. The Battle of the Lighting Systems, 1880-1893
The Fight for the Central Business District
The Introduction of the Arc Lamp
The Coming of the Edison System
3. The Crisis of Urban Politics, 1880-1893
The Corruption of Government-Business Relations
The Consolidation of Corporate Power
4. The Rise of Samuel Insull, 1893-1898
The Culture of Technology
The Perils of Progress
The Economics of "Natural" Monopoly
The Gospel of Consumption
Part II: Metropolitan Webs of Power, 1898-1914
5. The "Massing of Production," 1898-1908
Building a Sales Campaign
Building the Load
Building a Political Consensus
6. The Electric City, 1902-1912
Electricity Comes to the Neighborhood
Electricity Comes to the Urban Fringe
Electricity Comes into the Home
7. The Suburban Matrix of Energy, 1902-1914
Electricity Comes to Main Street
A Regional Community of Energy Consumers
Part III: The Integration of a Region, 1914-1932
8. The Energy Crisis and the Birth of the Machine Age, 1914-1919
"This Is War"
"Mechanization Takes Command"
"Diversify, Fertilize, Motorize, Specialize"
"A Gold-Plated Anarchist"
9. The Emergence of an Energy-Intensive Society, 1919-1928
"How Long Should a Wife Live?"
"Where Will You Rear Your Children?"
"How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?"
10. A Ubiquitous World of Energy