Teaching for Change Review

Teaching for Change recommends 1919, the Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back by David Krugler for anyone teaching about Red Summer. It offers a seldom told story of the well organized resistance to the brutal, white supremacist attacks on African Americans in many cities in the U.S. in 1919. Our only critique of the book is of its cover. The image of a Black victim of Red Summer does not communicate the focus of the book which is resistance. We hope that in a future printing of the book that the publisher chooses an image in line with the content. 

Teaching for Change hosted a book talk by author David F. Krugler on February 23, 2015. The event was held at Busboys and Poets and co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

1919, the Year of Racial Violence (Paperback)

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1919, The Year of Racial Violence recounts African Americans' brave stand against a cascade of mob attacks in the United States after World War I. The emerging New Negro identity, which prized unflinching resistance to second-class citizenship, further inspired veterans and their fellow black citizens. In city after city Washington, DC; Chicago; Charleston; and elsewhere black men and women took up arms to repel mobs that used lynching, assaults, and other forms of violence to protect white supremacy; yet, authorities blamed blacks for the violence, leading to mass arrests and misleading news coverage. Refusing to yield, African Americans sought accuracy and fairness in the courts of public opinion and the law. This is the first account of this three-front fight in the streets, in the press, and in the courts against mob violence during one of the worst years of racial conflict in U.S. history.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781107639614
ISBN-10: 1107639611
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: December 31st, 2014
Pages: 348
Language: English