Your project proposal should address three key components:
- Your research question: What are you studying? Why? What do you hope to understand?
- The main primary sources you plan to use to complete your project. Please include a brief description of each source or collection of sources so that I have a good idea of what you plan to use as the basis for your historical analysis. Please completely cite all sources and include the website, collection, or archives where each is located.
- The best secondary sources available on your project topic. Please provide a brief description of their arguments and their importance to informing your analysis going forward. You must include a full bibliographical citation for each source.
What was the ethnic and racial distribution of crimes by women in Chicago between 1870 and 1929? How does the distribution of crimes by women in Chicago reflect the changing state of immigration – both foreign and domestic – affecting Chicago during this period of rapid population?
– Leigh Bienen, et al. “The Chicago Homicide Database,” Northwestern Law School, 2012. Available via The Chicago Homicide Project at http://homicide.northwestern.edu
This collection of data will help me map the 750-plus homicides by women so that I can understand the geographic distribution of crimes.
– City of Chicago. Report of the City Council Committee on Crime of the City of Chicago, March 22, 1915. Available at http://homicide.northwestern.edu/docs_fk/homicide/ccreport/ccreport.toc.pdf
This Report included statistical data, descriptions of judicial and legal institutions, and is a model of data collection
– Leigh B. Bienen and Brandon Rottinghaus, “Learning from the Past, Living in the Present: Understanding Homicide in Chicago, 1870-1930,” The Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 92, Nos. 3-4 (2003): 437-554.
Bienen & Rottinghaus explain in detail the strengths and weaknesses of the data in the Chicago Homicide project and give basic crime stats during the period.
– Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990)
Cohen argues that ethnic and racial distribution of individuals in Chicago was quite rigid and based on where ethnic and racial groups worked. She also explains the fluidity of race, specifically conceptions of whiteness in Chicago at this time.
– James R. Grossman, Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners and the Great Migration, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989)Grossman outlines the history of the massive migration of thousands of African-Americans from southern states to Chicago and their settlement and work patterns.
Grossman outlines the history of the massive migration of thousands of African-Americans from southern states to Chicago and their settlement and work patterns.