Learn how World War I changed Chicago and how the city helped shape the history of World War I when author Joseph Gustaitis shares photos and stories from his book, Chicago Transformed: World War I and the Windy City.
Between 1913 and 1919, Chicago transitioned from a 19th-century city to the metropolis it is today. Despite the importance of the war years, this period has not been documented adequately in histories of the city. In Chicago Transformed, Gustaitis fills this gap in the historical record, covering the important wartime events, developments, movements, and people that helped shape Chicago.
This event is part of our World War I and America program at the library this October and November. This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.