Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

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The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human ...
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The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly. As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609490348
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,429,232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Soucek is an author and freelance editor, with several books and numerous magazine articles to her credit, including Marshall Field’s: The Store that Helped Build Chicago, published by The History Press. She once served as managing editor for the Chicago art and entertainment biweekly Nightmoves and is a current contributing writer for www.webvet.com. Gayle is a lifelong Chicagoan and Blackhawks hockey fan.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part I Flames of Hell

The Great Chicago Fire 11

The Iroquois Theater Fire 22

The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire 30

Part II Depths of Disaster

The Great Chicago Flood of 1992 39

The Tragedy of the SS Eastland 45

The Sinking of the Lady Elgin 54

Part III Planes, Trains and Automobiles

American Airlines Flight 191 63

The 1972 Illinois Central Train Crash 70

The 1977 Loop El Crash 74

Part IV The Wrath of God

The 1954 Chicago Seiche 81

The 1967 Tornadoes 86

Part V Riots and Anarchy

The 1968 Democratic National Convention 93

The Haymarket Square Riot 99

The E2 Nightclub Stampede 105

About the Author 111

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Grocery store

    Buy ur food

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    Interesting Book, Albeit Short

    I enjoyed reading the book and found it fascinating. Some of the stories I was already familiar with from other sources. My main issue was how short the book was, especially in that it skipped over several Chicago accidents I knew about. However, the writer chose to include stories about the Haymarket and the 1968 DNP Convention riots, which technically I did not feel were calamities, although bad events in and of themself. So, overall the book is okay for those wanting a brief introduction to Chicago area disasters. But in my opinion, I think the writer needs to publish an expanded version of the book which is more comprehensive in its coverage of the subject.

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