Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago

Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago

by William Elliott Hazelgrove


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Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago by William Elliott Hazelgrove

Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago is a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression. The story of Chicago fighting the hold that organized crime had on the city to be able to put on The 1933 World's Fair.

William Hazelgrove provides the exciting and sprawling history behind the 1933 World's Fair, the last of the golden age. He reveals the story of the six millionaire businessmen, dubbed The Secret Six, who beat Al Capone at his own game, ending the gangster era as prohibition was repealed. The story of an intriguing woman, Sally Rand, who embodied the World's Fair with her own rags to riches story and brought sex into the open. The story of Rufus and Charles Dawes who gave the fair a theme and then found financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced. The story of the most corrupt mayor of Chicago, William Thompson, who owed his election to Al Capone; and the mayor who followed him, Anton Cermak, who was murdered months before the fair opened by an assassin many said was hired by Al Capone.

But most of all it’s the story about a city fighting for survival in the darkest of times; and a shining light of hope called A Century of Progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442272262
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/21/2017
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 316,624
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

William Elliott Hazelgrove has a Masters in History and is the best-selling author of ten novels and two works of nonfiction, including Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt (2017) and Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson (2016). His books have hit the National Bestseller List, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, Literary Guild Selections, History Book Club Bestsellers, Junior Library Guild Selections, and ALA Editor’s Choice Awards. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer-in- Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, NBC, WBEZ, WGN, and American History TV CSPAN. He also runs a political cultural blog, The View from Hemingway's Attic.

Table of Contents

Forty Years Later
1: Chicago, May 27, 1933
2: Valentine’s Day, 1929
3: Chicago’s Second World’s Fair
4: WAMPAS Baby Star
5: Public Enemy Number One
6: The White City
7: Bootlegging
8: The Big Man
9: The Big Fellah Comes Home
10: The Perfect Storm
11: Financing a Fair
12: The Untouchables
13: Birth of the Nymph
14: Death in the Underground
15: Breaking Ground
16: The Secret Six
17: The Modernists
18: Lady Godiva
19: Horatio Alger Returns
20: The Design
21: The Secret Six Get to Work
22: Beginning to Build the Rainbow City
23: Gold Diggers
24: Meeting Al Capone
25: Water, Electric, and the Sky Ride
26: One Hundred Thousand

27: The Depression Fair
28: Nymphs
29: Springtime in Chicago
30: The Sky Ride
31: The Trial of Al Capone
32: Color and Light
33: The Plea Bargain
34: The Temple of Womanhood
35: The Bad Plea Bargain
36: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fair
37: Hayseeds
38: The Gaseous Tube
39: The Trial of Al Capone
40: The Disposable Fair
41: Verdict
42: Racing the Clock
43: Capone on Ice
44: Lady Godiva Again
45: Death of the Untouchables
46: A Day at the Fair
47: Sex at the Fair
48: A Century of Progress
49: Rags to Riches
50: En of the Fair

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