Nearly a century ago, an African-American teenager crossed an invisible line of segregation at a Chicago beach and paid with his life. The incident set off days of violence that resulted in several dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries as well as the destruction of homes and businesses. This contemporary account was written by Pulitzer Prize–winning author and poet Carl Sandburg, who reported on the riots for the Chicago Daily News.
Few other journalists of the era explored the issues of discrimination in housing, politics, and organized labor that fueled the 1919 riots in Chicago and across America. Sandburg offered readers rare insights into the plight of black Americans, whose voices were seldom heard in white publications. His in-depth reports on the living and working conditions of Chicago's black community, written before and after the riots, illuminate the social conditions that fostered racial tensions.
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About the Author
American writer, editor, and poet Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) published more than 40 books and won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. This volume is drawn from his reportage for the Chicago Daily News.
Table of Contents
Introductory Note by Walter Lippman
Preface to the Dover Edition
I. The Chicago Race Riots
II. The Background
III. The Negro Migration
IV. Real Estate
V. Demand for Negro Labor
VI. Nwe Industrial Opportunities
VII. After Each Lynching
VIII. Trades for Colored Women
IX. Negroes and Rising Rents
X. Unions and the Color Line
XI. Abouth Lynchings
XII. Negro Crime Tales
XIII. Colored Gamblers
XIV. An Official of the Packers
XV. Mr. Julius Rosenwald Interviewed
XVI. For Federal Action