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Why Do Events in Major Cities Tend to Overshadow Similar Events in Smaller Towns?

When the Great Chicago Fire occurred, in 1871, an even deadlier fire occurred, at the exact same time, in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Then, and later, Peshtigo’s fire was overshadowed by Chicago's fire.

Even today, many people know about Chicago's great fire but not about Peshtigo's.  What could explain this?

Far more people died in the Wisconsin fire than in the Illinois fire.  How could it be that most of the national aid went to help Chicago?


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