Alex Garel-Frantzen

and Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago

Offsite Event: Edgewater Library,1210 W.
Elmdale Avenue

Capone. The Untouchables. The Valentine’s Day massacre. You may think you know
everything about the Roaring Twenties in the Windy City, but in the early
twentieth century, the harsh environment of the Maxwell Street ghetto produced
a proliferation of Jewish gangsters involved in everything from labor racketeering
to white slavery. Their illegal activity offended their own community’s value
system and sparked rifts between Reform and Orthodox Jews. It also ignited
tensions between city officials and Jewish leaders, indelibly marked the
gentile population’s perception of Chicago’s Jews, and shaped the city’s West
Side for years to come. A resident of Buffalo Grove, Alex Garel-Frantzen
graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was
awarded the Department of History Scholarship for Outstanding Senior Honors
Thesis and the Martha Belle Barrett Scholarship for Undergraduate Academic

Event date: 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:00am
Event address: 
6000 N Broadway
Edgewater Library
60660 Chicago
Gangsters & Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626191938
Availability: Special Order
Published: History Press (SC) - November 19th, 2013

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