Chicago: A More Intimate View of Urban Politics


The observations contained in the following chapters are based upon some twenty-eight years of residence in Chicago. During this time the writer has been continuously in the department of political science of the University of Chicago, was for six years an alderman of the city, and for many years both a participant and an observer in many political scenes. I have set down these observations in the hope of making clearer some of the important aspects of the political life of a great metropolitan community.

Opinions differ as to whether the city is the hope of democracy or its despair, but unless there is a swift and radical change in modern social trends, the future of democracy rests with the cities. As goes the city, so goes the nation. In another generation in all probability the political standards, habits, practices, ideals, of cities will be those of America.

This is not a book of remedies but a study of the situation as it is. On some other occasion, perhaps, I shall set down what seems to me to be the way out, as specifically and concretely as possible. A necessary preliminary to a study of ways out is an examination of the situation as it is, and this I have tried to present in a more intimate view of urban politics.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1929


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