Chicago in the Great Depression

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Carl Sandburg called Chicago the "City of the Big Shoulders," and those shoulders withstood the stock market crash of 1929. Chicagoans rallied to collect funds to celebrate the centennial of the city's incorporation in 1833. A Century of Progress International Exposition, held in 1933 and 1934, brought jobs and businesses to Chicago and cheered people with the prospect of new technology and the promising face of the future. Neighborhood churches and community organizations helped each other, and the Great Migration brought new arrivals from the American South. Together, these factors helped to hasten the end of Prohibition and the fall of notorious gangsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger. Jazz rolled in, with Chicagoans dancing along to the tunes of the big bands. Even if pocketbooks were bare, souls were full of hope.
ISBN: 9781467113335
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors James and Kathleen Schonauer grew up in Chicagoland and have taught US history and art history, respectively, for over 30 years. Images of America: Chicago in the Great Depression documents stories of the Depression and presents historical images from the Chicago Public Library, the Library of Congress, the FBI, the National Archives, the collections of John Chuckman, original press photographs, and many private collections.
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