Southeast Historical Society
One of the phrases that has been used to describe Chicago’s
Side is “smokestacks and steeples”. The community developed
of the steel industry but has been affected by the decline of the
steel industry in recent years. Most of the smokestacks are gone
or at least idle. But many of the steeples, stores, schools, and
other local institutions and organizations, that were created by the
diverse ethnic groups who made this community, remain. The people
of South Chicago, South Deering, the East Side, and Hegewisch look to
future. The community is in many respects at a crossroads.
Will economic redevelopment occur and if it does at what price?
the natural ecology and environment, damaged by years of abuse and
be restored and protected?
This second book about the region tells the story of this most
interesting and vibrant Chicago community from a chronological
It looks at important themes of American History from the perspective
this urban, working class community. Industrialization,
unionization, immigration, and Americanization were themes that played
out on the Southeast Side of Chicago. It looks at how the
dealt with problems like depression, wars, pollution, and the decline
heavy industry, especially the steel industry. The struggle
between economic development and protection of the natural environment
has always been part of the story.
Author Rod Sellers who was born in South Chicago, grew up in
the East Side, and has spent his professional career teaching in high
of the community has compiled a wonderful collection of photographs
chronicle the story of these proud neighborhoods. Chicago’s
Side Revisited again taps into the wonderful images from the
of the Southeast Historical Museum. He has tapped into the
and recollections of longtime community residents to create this
and entertaining history. It is sure to provoke memories,
and interest in current and former residents of the community as well