Virtual Talk | A Combustible Society: Chicago’s Populations & The Great Fire

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Saturday November 6

2:30 PM  –  3:30 PM


In 1871, Chicago was the nation’s fifth largest city with a large population of recent European immigrants seeking employment in Chicago’s booming meatpacking industry, rail transportation, lumberyards, and more. The arrival of so many immigrants sparked xenophobic sentiments that pitted the native-born residents against the newly arrived foreign population as both struggled for space and economic stability.


Join Dominic Pacyga, professor emeritus of history at Columbia College Chicago, as he gives insight into the history of Chicago’s population in the years before and after the Great Chicago Fire. Hear about the smoldering tensions that led to subsequent social and economic movements such as the Haymarket Affair, the Pullman Strike, and the shaping of our city’s neighborhoods.


Free to all; RSVP required