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Capsized! : the forgotten story of the SS Eastland disaster
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Gr 5-8-When the SS Eastland capsized in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, 844 people lost their lives. This is a higher number than those killed in the sinking of the Titanic and is still the largest loss of life on the Great Lakes. Sutton takes readers through a detailed time line that follows several of the people who were onboard that day. The book has a large cast of characters; fortunately, there is a list at the beginning to assist readers. Not all of those profiled survived, but the text handles the deaths with a matter-of-fact grace. The information is presented in a factual manner, diffusing some of the feelings of horror that might be associated with the tragedy. Filled with photographs, documents, and diagrams, this title is a very thorough account of the disaster, and all of the dialogue is from reliable sources. VERDICT Libraries that serve students fascinated with the Titanic or Ruta Sepetys's Salt to the Sea will want to add this book to their collections.-V. Lynn Christiansen, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School, Raleigh, NC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland , filled to capacity with 2,500 aboard, capsized in the Chicago River while still moored to the pier. The 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 of the disaster and provides a nail-biting, minute-by-minute account of the ship's capsizing. It also raises critical-thinking questions for young readers: Why do we know so much about Titanic 's sinking and yet so little about the Eastland disaster? Why was no one ever held responsible for this catastrophe? What lessons from this disaster might we be able to apply today?
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