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His ability to create the historical context illuminates what had seemed a local aberration...fascinating.
For someone like me, who's read a ton of this stuff, this made it pretty slow going at first, but it should be very helpful for readers with more of a local interest.
White-run corporations encouraged the migration of blacks specifically to East St. Louis with false promises of easy jobs at good wages.
Very important read, this text is about the 1917 'Race Riot', as it is called. Unfortunately like many of the early clashes between racial groups it was more like a massacre of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kate
Easy to read, captivating revealing book about the horrid events that took place in ESTL. It flows in a straightforward heart wrenching chronological order citing accounts of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven F Smith
This book conjured up feelings of disgust and shock that this could happen in the United States. It also helped us understand that the Civil Rights movement didn't just occur in... Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Kelley Mullen
I wish this history had been taught in schools when I was growing up, it should be required reading. Kudos to Harper Barnes for bringing it to a wide audience.Published on December 31, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Harper Barnes has crafted an outstanding account of this largely forgotten, but historically significant race riot. Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by Paul Guyot