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City of the Century:
It's hard to believe that as late as 1830, Chicago was a desolate fur-trading outpost. Within half a century, it become a manufacturing, agriculture and industrial center and the railroad capital of the country. Donald L. Miller, a history professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, chronicles the evolution of the "Windy City" and the people who made their mark in it. From railroad entrepreneur George Pullman, to retailers Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck, to reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago was built by innovators. With its system of mass transit, regimented work force, diverse immigrant groups and historic battles between private and public good, Chicago symbolizes the emergence of modern American life. [via]