"Maxwell Street preserved old world culture, whether from the Ukraine, Mexico or Mississippi. A grassroots avenue for survival got created there for immigrants and poor people. Its existence (gave) meaning to our daily living and working in Chicago.” Studs Terkel, broadcaster, oral historian, & author. “Maxwell Street became the Ellis Island of the Midwest for 100 years. Other market streets existed, but Maxwell Street was the biggest and brassiest, combining a kaleidoscope of races and religions, of businessmen, hustlers and musicians. It was a national treasure.” Ira Berkow, New York Times columnist. “The guys that played [there] in the 1940s were pioneers of the blues. They built the road for the blues in Chicago for Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and all the rest.” Jimmie Lee Robinson, Chicago blues musician. Lori Grove and Laura Kamedulski are museum professionals. Their selection of images reflects the rich cultural diversity that existed throughout the history of Maxwell Street and its market.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.