How the Windy City built the American Dream
Chicago has undoubtedly made significant contributions to American culture through its actors, writers, musicians and politicians, sealing Chicago as the “third coast”; however, despite the plethora of outstanding entertainers and academics to come out of the city, its past has been marred by racial strife. During the middle of the 20th-century, Chicago, like so many American cities, faced unrest as it struggled with segregation, white flight and the creation of African-American housing projects. During a time of great development, Chicago’s increasing diversity brought with it a sense of impending chaos as racial divisions seeped into virtually every aspect of life in Chicago.
Rich in detail and told with an engaging narrative spin, The Third Coast showcases Chicago and the sharp impact it has had on modern America.
Author Thomas Dyja is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of three novels and two previous works of non-fiction. Dyja will appear at Boswell Book Co. on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m., and at Books & Company in Oconomowoc on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.