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Property Rules

Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872

In Property Rules, Robin L. Einhorn uses City Council records-previously thought destroyed-and census data to track the course of city government in Chicago, providing an important reinterpretation of the relationship between political and social structures in the nineteenth-century American city.

A Choice "Outstanding Academic Book"
"[A] masterful study of policy-making in Chicago."—Choice

"[A] major contribution to urban and political history. . . . [A]n excellent book."—Jeffrey S. Adler, American Historical Review

"[A]n enlightening trip. . . . Einhorn’s foray helps make sense out of the transition from Jacksonian to Gilded Age politics on the local level. . . . [She] has staked out new ground that others would do well to explore."—Arnold R. Hirsch, American Journal of Legal History

"A well-documented and informative classic on urban politics."—Daniel W. Kwong, Law Books in Review

314 pages | 7 halftones, 10 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1991, 2001

History: American History

Political Science: American Government and Politics, Urban Politics

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Document Citations
Preface, 2001
1. From the Banks of Healy’s Slough
2. The Booster System
3. The Introduction of Segmentation
4. The Mechanics of Local Control
5. The Politics of Segmentation
6. The New Public Interest
Epilogue: The Great Fire and the New Public
Appendix 1- Citation of Poll Books and Election Returns
Appendix 2- Analysis of Census Data


Illinois State Historical Society: Illinois State Historical Society Award

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