2004 Greetings,

Just got the following query (I'm deleting the '&nbsp's ) from a friend on
Cape Cod. Think I answered the first part adequately. As to the second
part, anyone care to speculate on the women and men's shared experience as
a basis for their actions? I'll pass along any responses to my up-wester

David Minor

"I have just finished a (nonfiction) book by James Gilbert entitled Perfect
Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893. In its pages I ran across several
references to the origins of many of Chicago's 1893 elite as deriving from
"the Burned-Over District" of upstate New York, including Oneida County,
Rochester, etc. Apparently this common geographical background engendered a
cohesion that led to the massive cooperative effort which made possible the
Chicago World's Fair. As Gilbert puts it: "Besides the uprooting experience
of moving from upstate New York and Massachusetts to Chicago, this
generation of embers from the Burned-Over District shared a similar rise to
leadership In Chicago's business, social and cultural worlds. By 1893 they
had moved to the forefront of Chicago's new and raw elite: a second
generation of institution builders and city boosters but a first generation
of enormous fortunes.

Query: Whence came the name (what got burned over and when)? And if you can
answer that, tackle this: what in these men's shared experience prompted
them to rise to such heights?"

David Minor
Eagles Byte Historical Research
Pittsford, New York
585 264-0423
'dminor' 'at symbol' 'eznet.net'

Visit the Canal Society of New York State page at http://www.canalsnys.org/

To be put on the mailing list for the weekly TimeMaster radio scripts
(WXXI-FM 91.5), as well as a Quote of the Week and a URL of the Week,
e-mail me at the address above.


includes NYNY, a series of timelines covering New York City and State, from
approximately 1,100,000,000 BC to 1991 AD.

"I would undertake to supply your demands if your generosity is equal to them."
        -John Bartram, U. S. naturalist