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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
  • Authored by: Paul Bennie
  • From the Series: Great Historic Disasters
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791096386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9638-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 04/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 977
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 128

Summary

What really happened in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn that autumn night in Chicago? Though no one knows for sure, what is certain is someone, or something, ignited a load of hay on fire, and the city of Chicago would never be the same. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 raged for more than 24 hours, obliterating the downtown and sparking a mass exodus to the prairies and lake. The flames grew so hot that they melted iron and marble, and the twisting winds tore the roofs off houses. The individual stories of courage and tragedy, recounted by survivors who fought for their lives, captivated a nation and elicited an outpouring of aid. The stricken city would rise again, but its tale of near extinction would remain one of America’s most defining legends.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Chronology and timeline. Glossary. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Paul Bennie holds writing degrees from Duke University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where he works as a freelance writer and science editor.

Reviews and Awards

"...detailed and lively text...fact-packed...offer[s] much to both report writers and history buffs."


The Horn Book Guide

“…well written and informative…The inclusion of black-and-white and color photographs and drawings and sidebars help to make [this book] first-rate for reports and general browsing.”
School Library Journal

"...a well-researched account...helpful for research papers...[a] library must..."


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