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Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Struggles of Chicago in Postwar America

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ClassGraphic After World War II, Chicago started to decline like many other midwestern cities, but in 1955, Richard J. Daley was elected mayor and turned Chicago around. This study group will read and discuss the biography of Richard J. Daley by Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor, American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation (Little, Brown & Co. 2000). We will examine how, during Daley's 21-year mayoralty, skyscrapers revitalized downtown, O’Hare Airport grew into the world’s busiest, McCormick Place became the country’s largest exhibition space, and North Michigan Avenue emerged as one of the country’s foremost upscale shopping districts. We will also explore Daley's other, less positive, legacies. He ran the city with a corrupt political machine, exacerbated segregation by concentrating public housing in high-rises, and presided over violence at the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. We will discuss contradictions between his personal and public life as he became one of the nation’s most powerful politicians while living nearly all his life in the same bungalow in Bridgeport and was baptized and eulogized at the same neighborhood church. Join us to evaluate the life and legacy of this giant of Chicago's history.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Tom Ross2.Bill Barker 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/11/2023 - 12/11/2023 Weekly - Mon 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Bill Barker  ; Tom Ross 
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