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Race Riot: Chicago In the Red Summer of 1919 (Blacks in the New World)
A contribution to the history of American violence. It focuses on the bedrock issues of race and class, analysising the quick of urban-industrial life in the early twentieth century.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 28th 1972)
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Dense but not intimidatingly so. Not at all shy about pointing out how the very foundations of American society fed into these events. Though this was written much closer to the widespread unrest of the 60s than to now, its analysis is still extremely relevant in understanding the continuing history of oppression and racial violence in this country.