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Chicago’s Race Riots Of 1919 Contributed To The Segregation We See Today

One hundred years ago this month, Chicago was shaken to its core by race riots. In one week, 38 people were killed, more than 500 were injured, and more than a thousand were left homeless.

Steven Boone came to Curious City with a two-part question about the riots: What caused them, and how did they change Chicago?

We answered the first question in this story. Here, historian Adam Green lays out how — after the riots — city leaders set the foundation for racial inequality and segregation that Chicago continues to grapple with.

Jessica Pupovac is the interim editor for Curious City. You can follow her @JesPup.

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