Horse-Drawn Street Railways: Technology That Changed Chicago

Previous: Working horses Although an exact number is elusive, the street railways used thousands of horses. Anne Greene reported that the West Chicago Railways Company alone used 4,000 horses. Chicago’s first street railway opened in 1859. Mayor Haines commented that “Horse railroads… give the poor man a home in the outskirts of the city, at…
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Native Tales: Not Just for November

We experience a flurry of readers seeking informational books and folklore during November, Native American Heritage Month. Here are a few of my favorite readalouds written by Native authors. Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith: The narrative revolves around the cultural keystones of a powwow and a jingle dance. The repetitive rhythm of the text lends reassurance…
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Apes Are People Too. Right?

I was watching the obligatory annual footage of Black Friday shoppers, and somehow, in the middle of all the fighting for dominance and the yelling and the occasional violence, I couldn't help but remember just how similar we are to apes. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks like this, since there are tons of books out…
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