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Elgin: An American History
Author: E. C. Alft

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Table of Contents

Cover
Copyright Notice
Dedication
Preface

I. Country Town in the West

  • Pioneers
  • A Permanent Settlement
  • Village and Township
  • Railroads
  • A City Government
  • Elgin Milk

  • II. The Dividing Line

  • Anti-Slavery
  • Elgin in 1860
  • Drums of War
  • The Contrabands
  • A New Elgin

  • III. Watches, Milk and Butter

  • Fine Jeweled Movements
  • Factory Life
  • Canned Milk
  • Creameries and the Board of Trade
  • Elgin Enterprise
  • More Than Watches

  • IV. The Expanding City

  • City Services
  • The School District
  • The River
  • Elgin in 1885
  • Mayoral Capers and Courage
  • Immigrants and Others
  • Newspapers
  • Urban Recreation
  • The Rise of Sport

  • V. Boom and Panic

  • The Elgin Improvement Association
  • The Panic of '93
  • Unions
  • Island Fever

  • VI. The Good Years

  • The Big New Factory
  • Getting Around
  • Elgin in 1910
  • The Roaring Road
  • The Decline of Milk and Butter
  • The Progressive Spirit
  • The Perils of Pleasure
  • Women at Work
  • The Dry Crusade
  • New Industry
  • Here and Over There

  • VII. Whirling Twenties

  • Palm Sunday Tornado
  • Labor Troubles
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Silver Screens and Crystal Sets
  • How's Business?
  • The Car
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • The Polluted Fox
  • Champions
  • The Dark Side

  • VIII. Depression and War

  • The Wolf at the Door
  • Elgin in 1935
  • Federal Aid
  • The Local Arsenal

  • IX. Civic Pride

  • Postwar Changes
  • Managerial Government
  • School Expansion
  • All America City
  • Song of Hiawatha
  • The End of Time
  • Elgin in 1960

  • X. Modern Elgin

  • Youth and Growth
  • Civic Center
  • A Diversified Economy
  • Service Center
  • The Black Revolt
  • Hispanics and Laotians
  • Stretching the Limits
  • Downtown
  • Education Center
  • The Metropolitan Web
  • Elgin Today
  • Special Update - Elgin during the 80s and 90s

  • The Eighties
  • Chronology of the 80s
  • The Booming Nineties
  • Chronology of the 90s

  • End Notes

    Bibliography

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