Ninety-eight years Ago in Chicago


Almost a hundred years ago these first weeks of August, Chicago was mopping up after the worst of the race riots that hit the United States in the "Red Summer of 1919". Twenty-three blacks and fifteen whites were killed, 500 people injured, well over 2000 houses destroyed.

A personal angle on the tragedy comes through my character Maeve Curragh, in The Reason for Time  A broader perspective is provided by David Krugler's book, 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African-Americans Fought Back.

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