Like temperatures, violence can spike during the summer months. In the summer of 1919 both both boiled. Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America is a detailed narrative account of the violent flood of anti-black riots and lynchings that consumed the country—and paralyzed the city of Chicago for a week—during the summer of 1919. WBEZ’s Richard Steele recently spoke to the book’s author, Cameron McWhirter. The Wall Street Journal reporter is a Chicago native; he began by telling Steele what sparked the riots in Chicago.
Music Button: Tosca, “Busenfreund”, from the CD Suzuki, (G-Stone)