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A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

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A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

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.

Audiobook available, narrated by J. D. Jackson.

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
by Claire Hartfield