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It reversed the flow of the Chicago River so that the water flowed away from Lake Michigan rather than into it.
This project began with the construction and improvement of the Illinois and Michigan Canal, and was completed with the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that connects to the Illinois River, which flows into the Mississippi River.
Labor conflicts followed the industrial boom and the rapid expansion of the labor pool, including the Haymarket affair on May 4, 1886, and in 1894 the Pullman Strike.
Anarchist and socialist groups played prominent roles in creating very large and highly organized labor actions.
), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States.
With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest.
Of the total population in 1900, more than 77% were either foreign-born or born in the United States of foreign parentage.
Germans, Irish, Poles, Swedes and Czechs made up nearly two-thirds of the foreign-born population (by 1900, whites were 98.1% of the city's population).
Chicago's flourishing economy attracted huge numbers of new immigrants from Europe and migrants from the Eastern United States.
It is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is the largest and most diverse derivatives market globally, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures.
The city is also home to several fortune 500 companies, the most notable being, Allstate, Boeing, Exelon, Mc Donald's, Quaker Oats, and United Airlines Holdings.
In the 1850s, Chicago gained national political prominence as the home of Senator Stephen Douglas, the champion of the Kansas–Nebraska Act and the "popular sovereignty" approach to the issue of the spread of slavery.
These issues also helped propel another Illinoisan, Abraham Lincoln, to the national stage.