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American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics
     

American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics

by Charles Lumpkins
 

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ISBN-10: 0821418033

ISBN-13: 9780821418031

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Ohio University Press

On July 2 and 3, 1917, race riots rocked the small industrial city of East St. Louis, Illinois. American Pogrom takes the reader beyond that pivotal time in the city’s history to explore black people’s activism from the antebellum era to the eve of the post-World War II civil rights movement.

Charles Lumpkins shows that black residents of East

Overview

On July 2 and 3, 1917, race riots rocked the small industrial city of East St. Louis, Illinois. American Pogrom takes the reader beyond that pivotal time in the city’s history to explore black people’s activism from the antebellum era to the eve of the post-World War II civil rights movement.

Charles Lumpkins shows that black residents of East St. Louis had engaged in formal politics since the 1870s, exerting influence through the ballot and through patronage in a city dominated by powerful real estate interests even as many African Americans elsewhere experienced setbacks in exercising their political and economic rights.

While Lumpkins asserts that the race riots were a pogrom—an organized massacre of a particular ethnic group—orchestrated by certain businessmen intent on preventing black residents from attaining political power and on turning the city into a “sundown” town permanently cleared of African Americans, he also demonstrates how the African American community survived. He situates the activities of the black citizens of East St. Louis in the context of the larger story of the African American quest for freedom, citizenship, and equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821418031
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Law Society & Politics in the Midwest Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
678,242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
List of Tables     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Historical Roots of an African American Community, 1800-1898     11
The African American Political Experience, 1898-1915     44
The May Uprising: An End to Expanding Black Power     74
The July Massacre: "We'll Have a White Man's Town"     109
Return to the Political Arena, 1917-1929     143
Breaking the Deadlock, 1930-1945     174
Postscript     204
Notes     207
Bibliography     279
Index     299

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