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Soapboxing on Madison Street, July 1922

Nels Anderson, DOCUMENT 60:  Notes on an Afternoon’s Series of Talks on the Soap Box on Madison Street During a Sunday in July, 1922, no less than twenty men spoke on the box at the corner of Jefferson and Madison … Continue reading

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What the Hobo Reads, c. 1922

Daniel Horsley, “What the Hobo Reads” When I write of the “hobo” I wish to define what I mean by the term.  I don’t consider a man a hobo who is down in the rut because of his own licentiousness, … Continue reading

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Touring “really ‘slummy’ places” with the ladies from Gary

Like other urban spectacles, the places and personalities associated with Bohemia were popular tourist destinations.  In this series of letters, a group of women from Gary, Indiana, arrange with Ben Reitman for a “sociological tour” of Chicago’s underworld.  By 1940, … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Near Northside, August 1938

Handwritten notes of a University of Chicago investigator recounting a summer evening stroll through the Near Northside.  Lightly edited for clarity.  –TH. 8-15-38 Near North Side Bug Parks, etc. Large numbers of Filipinos were on the east side of the … Continue reading

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