Chicago Fire


A Selected Bibliography for The Great Chicago Fire

  • Angle, Paul M., ed. The Great Chicago Fire, October 8-10, 1871, Described by Eight Men and Women Who Experienced its Horrors and Testified to the Courage of Its Inhabitants. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1971.

  • Bales, Richard F. "Did the Cow Do It? A New Look at the Great Chicago Fire," Illinois Historical Journal (Spring 1997).

  • Cromie, Robert. The Great Chicago Fire. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958.

  • Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

  • Kogan, Herman, and Cromie, Robert. The Great Fire: Chicago 1871. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1971.

  • Lowe, David, ed. The Great Chicago Fire, In Eyewitness Accounts and 70 Contemporary Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1979.

  • Miller, Donald L. City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

  • Miller, Ross, American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

  • Musham, H.A. "The Great Chicago Fire, October 8-10, 1871," Papers in Illinois History and Transactions for the Year 1940 (1941).

  • Pauly, John J. "The Great Chicago Fire as a National Event, " American Quarterly 36 (1984).

  • Sawislak, Karen, Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

  • Smith, Carl. Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

  • Waskin, Mel. Mrs. O'Leary's Comet: Cosmic Causes of the Great Chicago Fire. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1985.

There have been numerous articles about the fire in Chicago History, the magazine of the Chicago Historical Society. See, in particular, the Fall 1971 and Fall 1996 issues.

To get a sense of how the fire was discussed in its own time, see the several contemporary histories, such as Elias Colbert and Everett Chamberlin, Chicago and the Great Conflagration, which is still available in many libraries.



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