Gangsters & Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago: A book launch with Alex Garel-Frantzen
Date: Sat. January 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
6000 N. Broadway Street
About this event:
Al 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.
Please join the Edgewater Branch and author Alex Garel-Frantzen for this lecture and book signing. Copies of Garel-Frantzen's book, Gangsters & Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago, will be available for purchase at the event.
Alex Garel-Frantzen is a student at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he is a Juris Doctor candidate set to graduate in 2015. Alex earned a BA in history with a minor in Spanish in May 2012 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was awarded the Martha Belle Barrett Scholarship for Undergraduate Academic Excellence and superior commitment to the study of history.