The Devil In The White City essay - Brian Halter A.P US...

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Brian Halter 8/19/10 A.P. US History The Devil In The White City At the turn of the 19 th century, America was changing with new and innovative methods of getting activities done. People were “Consumed by the great drive toward wealth and power that had begun after the end of the civil war-“ (Larson,14) Cities were where “things were changing” (Larson,12) and many memorable feats had been accomplished. Among these mammoth cities was Chicago, “the windy city” (Larson,14) a rapidly evolving metropolitan that just “topped one million for the first time, making the city second most populous in the nation after New York.”(Larson,13) Chicago “was a prideful place”, (Larson,13) that had a strong sense of unity, working together and deeply cared about the reputation of their city Chicago. Chicago, as a new upcoming phenomenon in the public’s eye, had promise just like any other city; it had the promise of work and flourishing prosperity. With all these new people flocking to Chicago in hopes of a new life with as more work and better pay, many were unaware of the dangers the city offered. “Fires took a dozen lives a day.” (Larson,12) As well as fire hazards, disease was all around Chicago, common but often deadly diseases were “diphtheria, typhus cholera, influenza.” (Larson,12) Murder was also a daily event, “men and women killed one another-“ (Larson,12) At this point in Chicago’s history, crime and murder became so prevalent, the “police found themselves without the manpower or expertise to manage the volume.” With mass amounts of people coming into Chicago daily, and the police tied up with other crimes, a man named Herman Webster Mudgett who was more commonly and
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notoriously known as Dr. H.H.Holmes came to Chicago. Holmes was an extremely charismatic and seemingly nice person who proved to be very persuasive. This ability was particularly effective with young ladies who “Never before in civilization have such
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