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Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City

Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City

by Richard C. Lindberg


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This engrossing tale of gangs and organized criminality begins in the frontier saloons situated in the marshy flats of Chicago, the future world class city of Mid-continent. Gangland Chicago recounts the era of parlor gambling, commercialized vice districts continuing through the bloody Prohibition bootlegging wars; failed reform movements; the rise of post-World War II juvenile criminal gangs and the saga of the Blackstone Rangers in a chaotic, racially divided city. , Gang violence and street crime is endemic in contemporary Chicago. There is much more to the saga of crime, politics, and armed violence than Al Capone and John Dillinger. Gangland Chicago explores the changing patterns of criminal behavior, politics, gangs, youth crime and the failures of reform in its historic totality.

Richard Lindberg takes the reader on a journey through decades of a troubled past to delve deep into the evolution of street gangs and organized violence endemic in Chicago. Small ethnic gangs organized in ethnic slum districts of the city expanded into the well-known organized crime syndicates of Chicago’s history. Gangland Chicago is full of stories of unchecked violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. Unlike other standard true crime accounts focused exclusively on the Prohibition era, this historical look-back probes the obscure and forgotten dark corners of city crime history. Lindberg details how both “organized” and “dis-organized” street gangs have paralyzed city neighborhoods and transformed the crimes of the Windy City from street thuggery and common ruffians protected and nurtured by politicians into a protected class is gripping.

Gangland Chicago is a revealing look at the Chicago underworld of yesterday and today. This comprehensive volume is sure to entertain and inform any reader interested in the evolution of organized crime and gangs in America’s most representative city of the American Heartland.

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ISBN-13: 9781442231955
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2015
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Lindberg is a lifelong Chicagoan, author, journalist, and research historian. He has written 17 critically acclaimed books dealing with aspects of crime, politics, sports, and history in the Windy City, including Shattered Sense of Innocence: The Chicago Child Murders of 1955, Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago, and The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago’s Democratic Machine, winner of the 2009 Best Biography Award presented by the Society of Midland Authors and Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family My American Life, named the best non-fiction book of 2011 by The Chicago Writer’s Association. Lindberg is a past president of the Society of Midland Authors and the Illinois Academy of Criminology. He is a recognized as an authority on the evolution of organized crime in the Windy City, and is frequently seen on. on numerous talk shows and cable documentaries of national and local origin including A & E’s American Justice, Cities of the Underworld, Deadly Women, History’s Mysteries, American Chronicle, and many others

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1: Outlawry and the Rise of a Criminal Class in the Emerging City
2: Downtown and Near South: Victorian Vice, Gamblers, Card Cheats, Chinese Tongs and the Rise of Chicago’s Organized Crime Gangs, 1870-1920
3: Gangs of the South Side: Politics, Patronage and Bare Knuckle Boyos, 1860-1930
4: Maxwell Street, the West Side Terror District, 1860-1930
5: The Gold Coast and the Gangs: North Side Affluence, Little Hell and Gang Crime 1860-1930
6: The Gangs of Prohibition Era Chicago
7: Schools for Crime
8: Gangs Becoming Nations, 1950-1989
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