9780809327218

Chicago Death Trap : The Iroquois Theatre Fire Of 1903

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  • ISBN13:

    9780809327218

  • ISBN10:

    080932721X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-30
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
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Summary

On the afternoon of December 30, 1903, during a sold-out matinee performance, a fire broke out in Chicago's Iroquois Theatre. In the short span of twenty minutes, more than six hundred people were asphyxiated, burned, or trampled to death in a panicked mob's failed attempt to escape. In

Author Biography

Veteran journalist Nat Brandt is the author of ten previous books, including The Man Who Tried to Burn New York and The Town That Started the Civil War. A former editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly, Brandt was also an editor for The New York Times and managing editor of American Heritage.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Perry R. Duis and Cathlyn Schallhorn
Prologue 1(79)
1 Warning Signs
3(3)
2 "Absolutely Fireproof"
6(12)
3 Play and Players
18(5)
4 Opening Night
23(5)
5 3:15 P.M., Wednesday, December 30, 1903
28(13)
6 In the Parquet and Boxes
41(11)
7 In the Dress Circle and Gallery
52(7)
8 The Rescuers
59(13)
9 The News Spreads Rapidly
72(8)
10 Morgue Scenes 80(5)
11 In Mourning 85(8)
12 A State of Shock 93(7)
13 Safety Last 100(14)
14 Finger Pointing 114(8)
15 Blind Justice 122(13)
16 Curtains 135(8)
17 Ashes and Embers 143(8)
Notes 151(16)
Bibliography 167(6)
Index 173

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