Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Relative Location and Rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire

Location and Rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire

Northwestern University History Professor Carl Smith discussed the importance of Chicago's location in the rebuilding and revitalization of Chicago after the 1871 fire.

Description

Northwestern University History Professor Carl Smith discussed the importance of Chicago's location to the rebuilding and revitalization of Chicago after the 1871 fire.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Why does Professor Smith refer to Chicago as an “inland nexus?”
  • How did the fact that Chicago’s infrastructure and stockyards remained intact after the fire help Chicago rebuild as a major city?
  • Describe the population growth of Chicago after the 1871.
  • How was Chicago’s relative location (or situation) important to its rebuilding after the 1871 fire?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Grain Elevator
    • Great Chicago
    • Inland Nexus
    • Relative Location
    • Situation Factor
    • Stockyard

    Topics

    GeographyState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity