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A few red drops : the Chicago Race Riots of 1919

A compelling introduction to the Chicago race riot of 1919 documents key events that led to days of urban violence that continue to reverberate a century later, offering insight into contributing factors in race relations, politics, business and culture. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Examines the events and forces leading up to 1919 race riots in Chicago."--Provided by publisher. - (Baker & Taylor)

Examines the 1919 race riots in Chicago, discussing the events and forces leading up to them. - (Baker & Taylor)

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.
- (Houghton)

A gripping, measured account of a day at the beach in summer 1919 that precipitated a full-blown race riot in Chicago, tracing the events and forces that made the explosion inevitable.
- (Houghton)

Author Biography

Claire Hartfield is an attorney who specialized in school desegregation litigation. Recently she has been involved in setting policy and programs in a predominantly African American charter school in Chicago, where she lives. Her grandmother's experiences during the 1919 riot inspired this book.
- (Houghton)

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