Remembering Chicago: Crime in the Capone Era

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With a selection of fine historic images from his best-selling book Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era, John Russick provides a valuable and revealing historical retrospective on Chicago?s gangster era. Perhaps no city has a more fabled past than Chicago, home of legendary Al Capone. But that fabled past is often portrayed separate from the surrounding web of social realities, without which no event, no period in time can be understood. Remembering Chicago: Crime in the Capone Era addresses this ...

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Overview

With a selection of fine historic images from his best-selling book Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era, John Russick provides a valuable and revealing historical retrospective on Chicago’s gangster era. Perhaps no city has a more fabled past than Chicago, home of legendary Al Capone. But that fabled past is often portrayed separate from the surrounding web of social realities, without which no event, no period in time can be understood. Remembering Chicago: Crime in the Capone Era addresses this problem by opening with a compelling look at Chicago’s cityscape to include a broad range of cultural phenomena—from suffrage to jazz—essential to the contextualization of crime in the 1920s and 1930s. The history then proceeds as its title suggests—to a riveting overview of crime in Chicago, chock-full of images documenting notorious gangsters and gruesome gangland wars. Al Capone, John Torrio, Earl “Hymie” Weiss, George “Bugs” Moran, and a host of others are all here. Complete with insightful captions by historian John Russick, these photos offer a unique view into Chicago and its nefarious past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596526518
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Series: Remembering Series
  • Pages: 134
  • Sales rank: 1,474,196
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Russick is a museum curator with 20 years of experience in a variety of institutions, including Chicago's Field Museum and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. In 1998, he joined the staff of the Chicago History Museum and has since led the development of eight major exhibitions, including That's Good News! Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music; Fashion, Flappers 'n' All That Jazz; Leopold and Loeb: The "Perfect" Crime; and Sensing Chicago, which was recognized in the American Association of Museums' Excellence in Exhibition Competition, 2007. Most recently, he served as the lead curator for Mapping Chicago: The Past and the Possible. He holds degrees in history and architecture from Northern Illinois University and the University of Texas at Austin. Russick lives in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood with his wife and two children, within a few miles of where his father, grandparents, and great-grandparents lived.
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