A Newberry Library and Chicago Historical Society Exhibit: October 1, 2004, to January 15, 2005

Crucible of Free Speech
Fighting for Democracy | A Night in Bohemia | Free Speech for the Masses

Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century represented all the promise and problems of the new urban society. Its multiethnic population brought a mix of cultures to Chicago, and its factories were among the most efficient in the industrial world. Chicagoans of the early twentieth century were also at the forefront of American movements for social, economic, and cultural reform and revolution. The conflict between advocates for change and defenders of the status quo would shape the possibilities for free speech and redefine the limits of government power over Americans’ political debate and private behavior.

Terrorism Dill Pickle Lupe marshall

This exhibit has been organized by the Newberry Library's Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History and the Chicago Historical Society. It has been made possible with major funding provided in part by The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning. Generous support also provided by The Chicago Reader and Dr. and Mrs. Tapas K. Das Gupta.
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