Race Riot: The Conjuncture
In the summer of 1917, East St. Louis slid into a cataclysm of racial violence. On 2 July 1917, the city erupted in one of the bloodiest race riots in American history. In an explosion of racial hatred and rage, white mobs—cheered on by crowds of hundreds upon hundreds of local whites—mercilessly beat and shot black men, women, and children in the streets, and set black businesses and homes ablaze. The rioters claimed the lives of at least around forty black people, and left many more injured, some appallingly so.1 Entire sections of African American neighborhoods were devastated, razed to the ground, and thousands of black families were forced to flee the city.
KeywordsRacial Discrimination Black Worker National Guard White Worker Real Estate Agent
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