Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

by Patricia Sutton
Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

by Patricia Sutton


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2019 Society of Midland Authors Literary Award Honoree

2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List

2019 Cybils Literary Award Winner

A 2019 Cooperative Children's Book Center's Choice 

Wisconsin Writers Contest 2018 Winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literary Award

On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the Chicago River while still moored to the pier. Happy picnic-goers headed for an employee outing across Lake Michigan suddenly found themselves in a struggle for their lives. Trapped belowdecks, crushed by the crowds attempting to escape the rising waters, or hurled into the river from the upper deck of the ship, roughly one-third of the passengers, mostly women and children, perished that day. 
     The Eastland disaster took more passenger lives than the Titanic and stands today as the greatest loss of life on the Great Lakes. Capsized! details the events leading up to the fateful day and provides a nail-biting, minute-by-minute account of the ship's capsizing. From the courage of the survivors to the despair of families who lost loved ones, author Patricia Sutton brings to light the stories of ordinary working people enduring the unthinkable.
     Capsized! also raises critical-thinking questions for young readers: Why do we know so much about the Titanic's sinking yet so little about the Eastland disaster? What causes a tragedy to be forgotten and left out of society's collective memory? And what lessons from this disaster might we be able to apply today?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613739433
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 921,762
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

Patricia Sutton is a former elementary/middle school teacher and curriculum author. She was a Golden Apple Award finalist for teacher excellence in the Chicago area and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Table of Contents

Main Characters xi

Prologue xiii

1 Summer Wouldn't Be Summer Without the Picnic 1

2 Fellowship at Work and Home 13

3 Greyhound of the Lakes 21

4 Like a Pendulum Swinging 37

5 Stand By! Ready for Departure! 49

6 Forty-Five Degrees 57

7 Rescue and Recovery 79

8 Eighty-Five in Each Row 99

9 Buried Memories 107

Epilogue 123

Author's Note 131

Acknowledgments 135

Notes 137

Bibliography 145

Image Credits 149

Index 151

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