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Capsized! : The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster
by Patricia Sutton


Overview - New York Public Library's "100 Best Books for Kids"
Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2018"


On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland , filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the Chicago River while still moored to the pier.
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Overview
New York Public Library's "100 Best Books for Kids"
Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2018"


On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the Chicago River while still moored to the pier. Happy picnic-goers headed for an employee outing across Lake Michigan suddenly found themselves in a struggle for their lives. Trapped belowdecks, crushed by the crowds attempting to escape the rising waters, or hurled into the river from the upper deck of the ship, roughly one-third of the passengers, mostly women and children, perished that day.
The Eastland disaster took more passenger lives than the Titanic and stands today as the greatest loss of life on the Great Lakes. Capsized details the events leading up to the fateful day and provides a nail-biting, minute-by-minute account of the ship's capsizing. From the courage of the survivors to the despair of families who lost loved ones, author Patricia Sutton brings to light the stories of ordinary working people enduring the unthinkable.
Capsized also raises critical-thinking questions for young readers: Why do we know so much about the Titanic's sinking yet so little about the Eastland disaster? What causes a tragedy to be forgotten and left out of society's collective memory? And what lessons from this disaster might we be able to apply today?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781613739433
  • ISBN-10: 1613739435
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: July 2018
  • Page Count: 176
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States - State & Local
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States - 20th Century
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Transportation - Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft

 
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