6. American Capitalism Encapsulated: Chicago
For Chicago, the commercial successes of each era encouraged the growth of the next, at the same time creating rifts when one outbalanced the other. While city wheeler-dealers often tried to override the demands of country bumpkins, Cronon demonstrates that farmers and lumberjacks and cattlemen also displayed uncanny acumen to tip the balance in their favor. The constant give-and-take between city and hinterlands bolstered Chicago's vibrant, healthy economy. Cronon's dynamic industrialized West is a far cry from Frederick Jackson Turner's isolated, rural West.