A Classification of American Wealth
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Page entitled : Rise of Field, Leiter & Company

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How Field, Leiter & Company rose from the ashes of the great Chicago fire in 1871 and gained strength despite the recession caused by the crisis of 1873.

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Raising as the famed Phoenix from its ashes, Chicago powered ahead and once again became the capital of the U.S. Midwest, leaving older cities like Cincinnati and St. Louis far behind. Reaching 500000 in 1880, its population passed the one million mark within another decade and by the turn of the century was almost 1.7 million, second only to New York, which had then absorbed its giant Brooklyn suburb. Like New York, which was the gate to America, Chicago attracted immigrants, who staid on their way to the West,  ...


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