January 10th, 2018
Role of railroad companies in the development of the Illinois economy
The paper answers the following questions.
What role did railroads (and railroad companies) play in the development of the Illinois economy during the period between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century? How did the state’s farmers use the railroads and how were they used by the railroads?
Why was Chicago chosen to host the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893? What did the event mean to the people of the city and of the state? How did the organization of the fair reflect the social and cultural development of the state by the end of the nineteenth century?
What role did the city of Chicago play in the social, cultural, and economic development of the United States by the beginning of the twentieth century? What role did the city’s leaders play in the establishment of the city as a dominant one for the entire nation?
Why were professional sports so important to Illinoisans during the first half of the twentieth century? What sports were the most popular in the urban areas of the state? What sports were the most popular in the rural areas of the state? What teams were important to the people of the state?
What role did Illinoisans play in World War I? How did the people in different areas of the state react to the outbreak of war? What were some of the lasting legacies of the war on the state and the nation?