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CANCELLED Chicago Disasters in the Early 20th Century

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ClassGraphic One hundred twenty years ago on December 30, over 600 people died, mostly women and children, in a fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. Twelve years later on July 24, 1915, over 800 people died when the SS Eastland capsized while docked on the Chicago River. More people died in each of these disasters than died in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Yet both of these disasters are part of Chicago’s forgotten past. If you are interested in learning more about these disasters, this study group is for you. Peer-led discussions will probe many of the elements these disasters have in common, including design flaws, characteristics of the victims, scapegoated accountability, corporate and municipal greed, the role of Clarence Darrow, and the changes these events brought about in the aftermath. Our primary resources will be Nat Brandt's Chicago Death Trap (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003) and Michael McCarthy's Ashes Under Water (Lyons Press, 2014).

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Debra Watkins2.Judy Myers 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/11/2023 - 12/11/2023 Weekly - Mon 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Judy Myers  ; Debra Watkins 
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