Red Summer The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America

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ISBN-13: 9781250009067
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Book details

List price: $20.50
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

After World War I, black Americans fervently hoped for a new epoch of peace, prosperity, and equality. Black soldiers believed their participation in the fight to make the world safe for democracy finally earned them rights they had been promised since the close of the Civil War. Instead, an unprecedented wave of anti-black riots and lynchings swept the country. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity and determination never seen before. Their resistance began the great dismantling of institutional prejudice that had long marred American society. Red Summer is the first narrative history written about this epic encounter. Focusing on the worst riots and lynchings - including those in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Charleston, Omaha and Knoxville - Cameron McWhirter chronicles the mayhem, while also exploring the first stirrings of a civil rights movement that would transform American society forty years later.

Cameron McWhirter is a writer and staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America (2011) and a contributor to The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia (2005).

Carswell Grove
Things Fall Apart
The World Is on Fire
The NAACP
National Conference on Lynching
Charleston
Bombs and the Decline of the West
Ellisville
Cleveland
Longview
Washington
Chicago Is a Great Foreign City
The Beach
Like a Great Volcano
Austin
Knoxville
A New Negro
Omaha
Phillips County
Let the Nation See Itself
Capitol Hill
Coda: Carswell Grove
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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