What events come to mind when you think about disasters that have shaped the growth of Chicago? In this study group, you will learn that 1919 was a dramatic year in the life of the city. Significant events include the Wingfoot Express Airship Explosion, the 31st St. Beach Race Riots, a major transit strike, the White Sox World Series Scandal, and the kidnapping and murder of a nine-year-old girl. You will learn about Chicago’s transition from the end of World War I and the influenza epidemic of 1918 to the implementation of Burnham’s 1909 Plan for Chicago. Prohibition was on the horizon. Through readings and peer-led discussion we will discover the impact the events of 1919 had on the development of Chicago as a modern city. Our primary resource will be City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist (Crown Publishers, 2012). No class on 09/30/19.