2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

The Great Chicago Chasm: The South Side's Journey from Stockyards to Capone
Kristin L. Grossman
Dr. David Robinson and Dr. Cutis Blakely, Faculty Mentors

The city of Chicago has seen its share of rivalries, most notably: White Sox vs. Cubs, Dean OBanion vs. Joe Torrio and Al Capone, Irish vs. Italian, and on a greater scale North Side vs. South Side. The chasm this city has developed could be traced back to the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago, and the development of stockyards at the turn of the century on the South end of the city. With these accomplishments came backlash. For instance, with the Worlds Fair came the H.H. Holmes murders, with the Chicago White Sox World Series came the 1919 Black Sox gambling scandal, and with prohibition came the rivalry of Dean O'Banion and Al Capone's liquor empires on either poles of the city. The South Sides reputation from blue collar workers to a hub of criminality was no mistake based on its gradual associations with major crimes throughout its tumultuous history.

Keywords: History, Justice Systems, Chicago, South Side, Al Capone, North Side, Dean O'Banion, Crime

Topic(s):History
Justice Systems

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 203-1
Location: VH 1236
Time: 9:30

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