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'The Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson
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Emiline shows how the roles of women are changing in society due to the fact that she is offered the oppertunity to advance her job to get more money and live on her own. Until this point women were usually at home moms or did "feminine jobs" for low wages. As the gilded age came about women were given more oppertunities to work higher paying jobs and become more self relient. The women that have been affected in some way by Holmes show the changing roles in multiple ways. In the case of Emiline she was able to advance her wages in order to provide for herself and become more self relient, although she eventualy met her death through Holmes.
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Summary Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B.
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