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Eight Forty-Eight

New book details the violent and riotous summer of 1919

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.

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