How did the creators of the Century of Progress illustrate and enact the fair's theme of progress?
What groups, organizations, and individuals influenced the arts in Chicago in the early twentieth century?
What motivated the actions of abolitionists in Illinois? How did abolitionists attempt to transform public opinion on the issue of slavery? How did the abolitionist movement evolve and respond to national events that shook the nation in the 1850s?
What did the New Deal look like in Chicago and the greater Illinois region? Who were its champions and opponents? How did different types of people make sense of new welfare programs in the midst of the Great Depression?