City of scoundrels: [the 12 days of disaster that gave birth to modern Chicago]
When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into "the Metropolis of the World." But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose and the city's highest ambitions were suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place. It began on a balmy Monday afternoon when a blimp in flames crashed through the roof of a busy downtown bank, incinerating those inside. Within days, a racial incident at a hot, crowded South Side beach spiraled into one of the worst urban riots in American history, followed by a transit strike that paralyzed the city. Then, when it seemed as if things could get no worse, police searching for a six-year-old girl discovered her body in a dark North Side basement. City of Scoundrels captures the tumultuous birth of the modern American city, with all of its light and dark aspects in vivid relief.
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|Grouping Title||city of scoundrels the 12 days of disaster that gave birth to modern chicago|
|Grouping Author||krist gary|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-08 11:18:46AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-12-11 04:25:41AM|
|available_at_bemis||Bemis Public Library|
|display_description||Summer 1919: the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into 'the Metropolis of the World.' But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose--the city's highest ambitions suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place.|
|itype_bemis||Young Adult CD Fiction|
|local_callnumber_bemis||CDBOOK 977.311 KRIST,GA|
|owning_library_bemis||Bemis Public Library|
|owning_location_bemis||Bemis Public Library|
Chicago (Ill.) -- Civilization
Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 20th century
Disasters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century
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|title_full||City of scoundrels : [the 12 days of disaster that gave birth to modern Chicago] / Gary Krist|
|title_short||City of scoundrels|
|title_sub||[the 12 days of disaster that gave birth to modern Chicago]|