A Poet’s History of Chicago
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In his introduction to St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton’s Black Metropolis, a foundational text of the African-American urban experience, Richard Wright wrote, “Chicago is the known city; perhaps more is known about it, how it is run, how it kills, how it loves, steals, helps, gives, cheats, crushes than any other city in the world.” What does this mean, to be known? For Chicago, a city that celebrates its 180th birthday this year, it is to be at the center of an often unforgiving narrative:...

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