U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, 1906-1971

Lesson 4: Gary's Changing Face

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Lesson plan developed by Mardy Flanagan.

By 1920, Gary had become the largest city in the Calumet region. Its buildings and population had undergone a dramatic transformation. A city hall, a courthouse, 3, ten-story buildings, and a 10 acre esplanade were among the structures that added to the city's character. Large numbers of African-Americans were drawn to the city in search of unskilled labor jobs but were forced to use racially segregated public facilities and to reside in the most undesirable part of the city known as "the Patch." Truly, Gary had grown in size and stature, but was it the industrial utopia it set out to be?

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After completing this lesson, students will be able to:


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