1919 began on an upbeat note for Chicago. WWI was over and the optimism ruled the day. What happened in twelve days in July, however, destroyed that mood. The first disaster came on July 21 when a dirigible taking a pleasure cruise over the city suddenly burst into flames and crashed through the roof of a bank, incinerating its employees. Then, a little girl is kidnapped and killed by a neighbor, further exacerbating the city’s feelings of vulnerability. When several black couples arrive at a beach frequented only by whites, the beach explodes in violence. These incidents make the city explode into horrific violence, and the repercussions will change the face of the city forever.
APPEAL: A riveting true account of a series of events which truly impacted the future of Chicago.
NOTES (language, violence, sex, humor, satire):
Disasters, Chicago, strikes, racial issues
DATE/STAFF: 9/16/2013 / KD