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American Pogrom The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics

by Charles Lumpkins

Part of the Law Society & Politics in the Midwest Series

American Pogrom The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics Synopsis

On July 2 and 3, 1917, race riots rocked the small industrial city of East St. Louis, Illinois. American Pogrom takes the reader beyond that pivotal time in the city\u2019s history to explore black people\u2019s activism from the antebellum era to the eve of the post-World War II civil rights movement. Charles Lumpkins shows that black residents of East St. Louis had engaged in formal politics since the 1870s, exerting influence through the ballot and through patronage in a city dominated by powerful real estate interests even as many African Americans elsewhere experienced setbacks in exercising their political and economic rights. While Lumpkins asserts that the race riots were a pogrom-an organized massacre of a particular ethnic group-orchestrated by certain businessmen intent on preventing black residents from attaining political power and on turning the city into a \u201csundown\u201d town permanently cleared of African Americans, he also demonstrates how the African American community survived. He situates the activities of the black citizens of East St. Louis in the context of the larger story of the African American quest for freedom, citizenship, and equality.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780821418031
Publication date: 12th August 2008
Author: Charles Lumpkins
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 360 pages
Categories: Political activism,

About Charles Lumpkins

Charles Lumpkins teaches history and African American studies at the Pennsylvania State University.

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