Chicago Race Riots of 1919



The start of the riots

In July of 1919 in Chicago, an African American boy drowned in Lake Michigan after white men hit him in the head with a rock. The white people who were on the beach felt that the boy was at fault because he was on the “white part of the beach”. The white officer refused arrest the guilty man but instead arrested a black man. What followed was a five day riot which resulted in the death of 23 blacks and15 whites. 291 people were wounded and hundreds of blacks were left homeless as a result of arson. Although parts of the nation had made advances toward equality, this would become a tragic reminder of how far the nation as a whole has yet to come.

White men look for blacks during the riot.






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