1919

1919

Paperback - 2019
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The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots comprising the nation's Red Summer, has shaped the last century but is not widely discussed. In1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event--which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries--through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9781608465989
9781608466023
1608466027
1608465985
Characteristics: 74 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Sociologist, artist, writer and poet Ewing's latest book of poetry is a collection reflecting on the before, during and after of the 1919 race riots in Chicago. Ewing read about the riots while researching another book and was surprised that she wasn't more familiar with the history. On July 27th... Read More »

Sociologist, artist, writer and poet Ewing's latest book of poetry is a collection reflecting on the before, during and after of the 1919 race riots in Chicago. Ewing read about the riots while researching another book and was surprised that she wasn't more familiar with the history. On July 27th... Read More »


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MFDECARLO
Sep 05, 2019

Oh man! I LOVED this book! The historical information supplied was perfect context for her poetry. Should be required reading for all Chicago students AT LEAST.

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karlarixon
Jul 21, 2019

I read this book on the bus. I cried in public. You should read it so you, too, can fall in love with Chicago in the summer of 1919 in all its beauty and treachery.

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