The Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

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What historical reference is discussed on pages 206-208 in The Devil in the White City and what does it mean?

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There are historical references to be found on p. 206.  These are references to the mail order catalog stores and the transport companies that helped to bring about an era of greater consumption in the United States.  By the late 1800s, people around the country were able to buy things from mail order catalogs.  Sears Roebuck was one of these, as was Montgomery Ward, which is mentioned on this page.  The things people bought could be transported by rail and then by companies like Wells Fargo, also mentioned on this page.  This helped to bring more consumer goods to more people across the US.

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