Write a 5-7 page, double-spaced essay that responds to the questions below, connecting the reading to the historical era. It must make reference to characters and events in the book, and will be graded on both the quality of the writing as well as the content. Use concrete examples. Please proof-read your work.
For citation, simply provide the page number in parentheses: Ex- (87), or add a footnote with full publishing information if you are citing anything else.
The Devil in the White City portrays a period of enormous social upheaval in American life. What were some of the major changes in urban living, gender roles, working conditions, and communications? How were these affected by examples of technological development? What impact did these changes have upon the experience of ordinary people? What groups competed for political power in Chicago, and how did they mobilize support? Consider the ambitious projects of the two main protagonists, Burnham and Holmes. How are they affected by the social conditions of the era, and what larger tendencies in American society do you think they reflect?
Cover these questions in an essay that has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. You need not address the questions in order, nor should you repeat the questions in your paper.