Carl Sandburg’s 1916 “Chicago” is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Using Internet resources, you will learn about the city that Sandburg documented in his poetry.
Look at one or more of the pictures or documents provided by your teacher and answer the following questions. When answering the questions, keep in mind important issues like class, race, gender, and ethnicity—all of which can offer hints and clues towards interpreting the primary document. These directions and the questions are available as a PDF.
|South Water Street Market, 1909|
|Chicago skyline in 1925 with railroad tracks|
|Skyline with River, 1925.|
|Women waving a "Chicago" pennant, 1905|
|Freight cars lined up in rows, 1917|
|Storeroom at Chicago Stockyards|
|Man butchering meat with carcasses hanging near him, 1904|
|State Street, 1905|
|The heart of Chicago, 1900|
|Coal for the poor, 1903|