The Devil Of The White City By Erik Larson

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Social History is a vast term with a definition that is still quite hazy to some people . The use of social history is necessary when it comes to fully understanding the past. Many books and movies carry the essence of social history to give the viewers a deeper perspective of major issues. Social history is the use of personal stories that shed light on dominant issues by building public awareness. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson helps highlight the major issue of homicide and publicizes it through personal stories by incorporating it in the story about the Chicago World’s Fair. In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Fair during which a man named H.H. Holmes became known as one of America’s first serial killers.The book…show more content…
After her bedridden husband died, Holmes murdered her and disposed of her body. Mrs. Holton was one of Holmes’ many victims and her tragic story has added another perspective to the issue of homicide. After this book was published, the many that read it became more aware of the cruelty of homicide as it is discussed in the book. The different perspectives included allow people to comprehend the history of Chicago and realize that anyone can encounter this type of situation. With this understanding, the audience is able to further realize how sadistic homicide is and that one must be careful when interacting with strangers. This publication was recognized by thousands and acted as an aid to spread awareness of the matter because many people discussed the content. The movie Titanic, based on personal stories from the ship’s passengers, expresses the importance of safety precautions and the division of class as well as spreading awareness of the issue. The ship set sail in April of 1912 from Southampton in United Kingdom to New York City. When it sank, about 1,500 people died. Though the main characters in the movie were fictional, there were five characters that were based off of real people who were on the ship. Margaret Brown, Archibald Gracie, Captain Edward John Smith, Thomas Andrews and Joseph Bruce Ismay were those five. The captain of the ship was Edward John Smith, and his personal story is shown throughout the movie. Smiths’ attempts to save lives were not
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