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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rod Sellers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Sellers was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rod Sellers spent his career teaching high school and living on the southwest side of Chicago

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Chicago's Southeast Side (Images of America)
ISBN: 073853403X

Arcadia Publishing. 1998

Steel and the steel industry are the backbone of
Chicago’s southeast side, an often overlooked
neighborhood with a rich ethnic heritage. Bolstered by the prosperous steel industry, the community attracted numerous, strong-willed people with a
desire to work from distinct cultural backgrounds. In recent years, the vitality of the steel industry has diminished. Chicago’s Southeast Side displays many rare and interesting pictures that capture the spirit of the community when the steel industry was a vibrant force. Although annexed in 1889 by the city of Chicago, the community has maintained its own identity through the years. In an attempt to remain connected to their homelands, many immigrants established businesses, churches, and organizations to ease their transition to a new and unfamiliar land. The southeast side had its own schools, shopping districts, and factories. As a result, it became a prosperous, yet separate, enclave within the city of Chicago.

Chicago's Southeast Side Revisited (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738519308

Arcadia Publishing. 2001

One of the phrases that has been used to describe Chicago's Southeast Side is "smokestacks and steeples." The community initially developed because of the steel industry, but it has been affected by the decline of the American steel industry in recent years. Today, the people of South Chicago, South Deering, the East Side, and Hegewisch look to the future. The community is, in many respects, at a crossroads. Will economic redevelopment occur, and if it does, at what price? Will the ecology and environment, damaged by years of abuse and neglect, be restored and protected?

This second book about the region tells the story of this interesting and vibrant Chicago community from a chronological approach. It looks at important themes of American history from the perspective of this urban, working-class community. Industrialization, urbanization, unionization, immigration, and Americanization were themes that played out on the Southeast Side of Chicago. It examines how the community dealt with problems like depression, wars, pollution, and the decline of heavy industry-especially the steel industry.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author makes presentations on and/or gives tours related to

  • Southeast Chicago
  • Calumet River
  • Industrial History of Chicago's Southeast Side