A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 PDF/EPUB

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 PDF/EPUB

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 [PDF] ❤ A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Author Claire Hartfield – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk On a hot day in July , three 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 o On a Red Drops: ePUB ↠ hot day in July , three black youths went swimming in A Few Epub / Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the white beach An angry white man began Few Red Drops: eBook ☆ 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.


10 thoughts on “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

  1. Chris Chris says:

    Informative and important, but the narrative didn t really grab me Heavy on background Great Migration, Eastern Central European immigration to the United States in the early 19th century to the extent that the book feels mistitled Will re read.


  2. Jennifer Mangler Jennifer Mangler says:

    I really learned a lot from this book, and the history of race and ethnic relations in Chicago is fascinating, but it s not what I was expecting because the book is seriously mistitled The very beginning and the very end of the book focus on the race riot, but the biggest central part of the book is devoted to setting the stage for the riot That s necessary and important, because without this part the riot can t be fully understood, but it means that the book is about so muchthan the rio I really learned a lot from this book, and the history of race and ethnic relations in Chicago is fascinating, but it s not what I was expecting because the book is seriously mistitled The very beginning and the very end of the book focus on the race riot, but the biggest central part of the book is devoted to setting the stage for the riot That s necessary and important, because without this part the riot can t be fully understood, but it means that the book is about so muchthan the riot In fact, I would say the riot isn t even the focal point Still, this is an important and informative book, and I would recommend it


  3. Jamie Jamie says:

    I received an e galley from Netgalley in return for an honest review I do not read much nonfiction, but I was interested in the topic having read The Hate U Give and All American Boys I agree with other readers that most of the book discusses the issues and the history of Chicago leading up to the riots and little on the riots themselves I thought it was a good read and would make a good pairing with the books previously mentioned.


  4. Barbara Barbara says:

    Middle grade and teen readers may find this account of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 fascinating because of the way the story is told Although on the surface of things, it s clear that the riot began as the result of a white man tossing a rock at a black boy at Lake Michigan on July 27, 1919, resulting in the death of Eugene Williams This action was only the match that kindled the fire of anger and racial violence, a bonfire that had been building for decades After tantalizing readers with th Middle grade and teen readers may find this account of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 fascinating because of the way the story is told Although on the surface of things, it s clear that the riot began as the result of a white man tossing a rock at a black boy at Lake Michigan on July 27, 1919, resulting in the death of Eugene Williams This action was only the match that kindled the fire of anger and racial violence, a bonfire that had been building for decades After tantalizing readers with the rock throwing, the author then provides a historical perspective on how the unrest had reached this point As Southern blacks moved north to Chicago in search of jobs and fairer treatment and immigrants from other countries arrived along the nation s shores, they formed an underclass that lived in their own sections of the city Many of their employers in the area s meat markets actually tried to use their prejudices and assumptions about other groups to keep them divided and competing against each other Even elected officials and law enforcement agents looked the other way and seemed willing to play both ends against the middle Tensions continued to simmer as one group saw the other group as taking their jobs and threatening their financial well being, and the author makes it clear that this riot was decades in the making With archival photographs, editorial cartoons, and abundant sources, the author shifts from her historical account of all the factors that led to the riot to the riot itself, finally concluding the book with an assessment of the costs as well as some observations on how all these events have contributed to some of the challenges the city of Chicago faces today Anyone interested in our nation s history or understanding some of the causes for intolerance and prejudice will find this book valuable as it provides insight into why groups that should naturally have been allies against the power structure ended up being pitted against one another The book s design has much to recommend it with the use of red borders, captions, and initial sentences printed in red, all set against ample white space for visual appeal for older readers


  5. Randall Wallace Randall Wallace says:

    This is one of nine books on this now 100 year old subject I ve reviewed on Goodreads, what does it offer over the others It s the best printed and gives you better photos and bigger pages to better envision yourself in Chicago one hundred years ago during it s summer of racial violence Chicago was founded in 1837 it had two canals connecting it to the Mississippi and even the Hudson, and after 1848, when canals were built, the railroads finally came with their ability to move goods all wint This is one of nine books on this now 100 year old subject I ve reviewed on Goodreads, what does it offer over the others It s the best printed and gives you better photos and bigger pages to better envision yourself in Chicago one hundred years ago during it s summer of racial violence Chicago was founded in 1837 it had two canals connecting it to the Mississippi and even the Hudson, and after 1848, when canals were built, the railroads finally came with their ability to move goods all winter through the ice Chicago then became the central terminus of the nation s railroads Chicago was also the central of the meat packing industry see Upton Sinclair, The Jungle During WWII, Chicago industrialists suddenly had a big labor shortage and they hired women but it still wasn t enough business realized the need for black southern labor Southern blacks couldn t wait to leave the oppressive South In 1910, 90% of blacks in the U.S were in the South Now, there was a better alternative up in Chicago and the Great Migration was on The largest black newspaper, the Defender, had told blacks to stay put, but that changed by 1917, and blacks responded Real Estate was a hot topic as Chicago quickly ran out of housing That activated envious white scum who in 1918, exploded eleven bombs in Chicago black homes and businesses Most of us know the Chicago riots start after a black boy drowns after being struck by a stone thrown by a white man on the beach, but this book mentions the distortions told by both sides which then over inflamed both sides Whites were told the drowned boy was white and the thrower was black Blacks were told the arriving white officer could have saved Eugene, and that blacks were pelted with bricks and stones So, with such bad intel on both sides, you are now ready for and get and a race war, but a race war with a new wrinkle blacks back from fighting WWI are different they will fight back Compounding the problem was that white mobs would turn on any white intervening on a black s behalf If you were black, you were not safe The local racist rag, the Chicago Tribune boldly reported that 2 3 of the dead were white The actual riot report concluded that two thirds of the dead were in fact black The Tribune said a white woman and her child died not true, it enflamed white tensions The Defender said a black woman and child died not true, it enflamed black tensions 38 people of both races die, 537 were wounded.2 3 of the victims were black yet 1 3 of those indicted were white Clearly, it was said, justice was sadly not on the side of the black community But in the end, a riot commission did conclude white gangs had made the riots happen I preferred Red Summer to this book on the subject of 1919 Chicago, yet I still liked this book


  6. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    A few boys drift too far outside the racially designated beach at Lake Michigan one summer and trouble ensues A boy dies and rumors fly and it is soon black against white and white against black Many die as the destruction goes on for days, fed by lies subtly shared by standing city gangs and by those who profit most from conflict It s a dark story of people against people as pressures increase in the city after the war for jobs, for housing It s a cautionary tale for today as well, with lie A few boys drift too far outside the racially designated beach at Lake Michigan one summer and trouble ensues A boy dies and rumors fly and it is soon black against white and white against black Many die as the destruction goes on for days, fed by lies subtly shared by standing city gangs and by those who profit most from conflict It s a dark story of people against people as pressures increase in the city after the war for jobs, for housing It s a cautionary tale for today as well, with lies and innuendo shared on social media and through organizations of hate, of what can happen


  7. Renata Renata says:

    This is an interesting topic I appreciated the depth the author went into about the Great Migration of African Americans to Chicago and the Irish famine, but also it s perhaps ultimately MORE about that than it is the titular riots It s also a bit dry academic in tone would be good for teen research purposes, but harder to sell as a historical read than some other YA history books that readlike novels Also why do publishers keep making YA history books in these large sizes Teens a This is an interesting topic I appreciated the depth the author went into about the Great Migration of African Americans to Chicago and the Irish famine, but also it s perhaps ultimately MORE about that than it is the titular riots It s also a bit dry academic in tone would be good for teen research purposes, but harder to sell as a historical read than some other YA history books that readlike novels Also why do publishers keep making YA history books in these large sizes Teens adults don t want that The pictures included aren t that big Just make a book size book


  8. Jenn Jenn says:

    I was really disappointed with this book The layout is attractive and the supplemental materials posters, photographs, etc are interesting The storytelling is the problem Hartfield does not seem to take the intended audience in mind as she lays out the history of the race riot Based on the book s format, I would assume this book is intended for middle grade readers Teens typically would not pick up a book this size Hartfield starts with the precipitating event of the riot and then goes b I was really disappointed with this book The layout is attractive and the supplemental materials posters, photographs, etc are interesting The storytelling is the problem Hartfield does not seem to take the intended audience in mind as she lays out the history of the race riot Based on the book s format, I would assume this book is intended for middle grade readers Teens typically would not pick up a book this size Hartfield starts with the precipitating event of the riot and then goes back to the history of the meatpacking industry, formation of unions, immigration, the great migration, the division of class in the black community, andShe never clearly explains that in order to understand the riot, you need to see the connection between these topic It feels like she is jumping all over the place, and it is very difficult to keep up with the people she mentions The quotes she incorporates into the text are often random and seem to just take up space rather than support a point Her writing style is neither clear nor concise She has major pronoun antecedent issues I kept finding myself wondering, who is they I think this is an important topic, but I would not recommend this book to my teachers or students I do not think a student would stick with the messy text


  9. David David says:

    Claire Hartfield s book is, nominally, an examination of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 But she does so muchthan that here Bookended by the riot s precipitating event and its fallout, the majority of this book is an examination of the world of the riot and the forces that shaped that world Hartfield examines the rise of the Chicago meat packing industry, the Great Migration, unionization, World War I, conflicts between competing European ethnic immigrant groups and Jim Crow segregation, Claire Hartfield s book is, nominally, an examination of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 But she does so muchthan that here Bookended by the riot s precipitating event and its fallout, the majority of this book is an examination of the world of the riot and the forces that shaped that world Hartfield examines the rise of the Chicago meat packing industry, the Great Migration, unionization, World War I, conflicts between competing European ethnic immigrant groups and Jim Crow segregation, both south and north, among other trends I didn t realize this was marketed as a Young Adult book until after I had read it, which speaks to the quality and clarity of the writing While brief, it s a great introduction to context of America in the late 1910s, and the ways that a confluence of factors made these riots incredibly likely


  10. Trixi Trixi says:

    While the focus of the book is the Chicago race riots of 1919, it does a great job in covering the late 1800s early 1900s changes in Chicago that lead up to the 1919 riots The influx of immigrants to the city, the meat packing industry and the big bosses who definitely took advantage of the workers as well as the individual ethnic communities all were components that played a part As the industry becameautomated, the workers were being paid less and finally unions took off, but some peop While the focus of the book is the Chicago race riots of 1919, it does a great job in covering the late 1800s early 1900s changes in Chicago that lead up to the 1919 riots The influx of immigrants to the city, the meat packing industry and the big bosses who definitely took advantage of the workers as well as the individual ethnic communities all were components that played a part As the industry becameautomated, the workers were being paid less and finally unions took off, but some people still did not trust the union leaders As WWI took away a large part of the work force, African Americans moving from the South and women were picking up the slack and the unions saw hope in having the African Americans join, but then the big bosses would fire them and have the women at the ready to take their places These and other events brought things to a boiling point in the hot summer time when a young African American boy was killed when he drowned after being hit by a rock thrown by a white man


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