Richard J. Daley: Man and Myth, Life and Legend

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In this seminar, seminar participants will examine the many ways in which Richard J. Daley shaped modern Chicago, both physically (expressways, universities, public housing) and metaphysically (in terms of how Chicagoans understand and relate to each other, and create their sense of their own identities).  By reading Mike Royko’s Boss, excerpts from Liz Taylor and Adam Cohen’s American Pharaoh, and contemporary newsmagazine coverage of Daley, participants  will see how his personality, his leadership style, his ideas about politics and government, and his neighborhood helped define–for good and ill–the Chicago we live in today.

Seminar led by Bill Savage, Northwestern University

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