A Few Red Drops

A Few Red Drops

The Chicago Race Riots of 1919

Book - 2018
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On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business, and clashes of culture. Archival photos and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.
Alternative Title: Chicago Race Riots of 1919
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
ISBN: 9780544785137
Branch Call Number: J 305.896073
Characteristics: 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm


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Mar 06, 2019

This was an excellent easy read about the week long Chicago Race Riot of 1919 and the conditions that brought it about: The great migration stress on the "Black Belt" area with limited housing for those of color; immigration influx by other ethnic groups; meat packing plants owners pitting the groups against each other during strikes; the loss of jobs once World War I veterans returned. Many were struggling to cope and it was easy to blame "the other" for the dire circumstances. She also gave good history on the the rise of the Urban League and their strategies to help African American newcomers in Chicago.


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