A tale of two towns: a mining and a farming community in the by Duane A. Smith

By Duane A. Smith

The Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American heritage, with financial melancholy, struggle, heated politics, and exertions conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as a global strength. by contrast chaotic heritage, existence within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, looked to be worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich with a view to ensure what existence was once like in those small groups. His interesting examine, in accordance with a detailed exam of papers, municipal documents, and private correspondence, deals a distinct portrait of daily life in those cities. A story of 2 cities exhibits how small city lifestyles a century in the past in those groups was once fairly comparable, and hauntingly standard to lifestyles in every one city at the present time.

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Page 17 2 THE MEN AND WOMEN MERELY PLAYERS Many the hopes that have vanished, After the ball. " Popular among the Victorians, who reveled in such tearjerkers, this haunting melody has continued to appeal to the public to this day. S. popular music. The 1890s have retained a mystique that makes them as romantic as the song. The story about to unfold revolves around the people who first heard and sang this lilting song, ordinary people from all walks of life. It is a tale of now-forgotten average folks, "might-have-beens and used-to-be's," whose lives portray an unpretentious era of unfulfilled aspirations gently trailing off into obscurity.

S. xenophobes died a thousand deaths. Victorian culture created a bond between the Midwestern farm town and the Rocky Mountain mining town. The dominant middle class in both communities believed in the work ethic, law and order, domesticity, education, and morality and indulged in conspicuous consumption. Residents of both towns could have exchanged places and adjusted readily. C. White settlement at that time crept along the rivers and streams, as pioneers largely avoided the prairies, convinced that land without trees was infertile.

Northern Illinois was endowed with that soil in abundance, and in the 1830s and 1840s settlers came in increasing numbers. Political organizations followed quickly after them. De Kalb County, named for the Revolutionary War hero Johan Kalb (Baron de Kalb), was carved out of this domain on March 4, 1837. The process of opening the rich land sounds relatively easy today, but the pioneers struggled mightily. Farming was a physically demanding, labor-intensive occupation, which initially promised slow growth and small returns.

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