The Effects Of Race Riots On The United States Essay

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There were hundreds of deaths and many more injuries across the United states during the “Red Summer,” summer of 1919. This was a result of race riots that occurred in dozens of cities throughout America due to steadily growing racial tension in the United States. In particular, there was an extremely violent riot that lasted for five days in Chicago. This riot was covered by many different journalists, but in a white dominated field much of the reporting was bias or simply inaccurate. After the riot, it was clear something had to be done in regard to the racial discord in America. The declaration of the Emancipation Proclamation by president Lincoln in 1863 paved the way for the abolition of slavery. Despite this and, by 1870, the ratification of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Bill of Rights, which granted blacks the protections guaranteed by the constitution by protecting their citizenship, these civil rights were scarcely enforced (J. Freedom du). People essentially took away the rights of blacks by finding ways to get around these laws, or simply ignoring legislation.
Then, during World War I, the Great Migration took place. This was a movement in which six million blacks relocated from the rural southern United to states to the urban cities of the North. Between the years 1916 and 1920, more than 50,000 blacks arrived in Chicago alone. This more than doubled the black population in the city (Capeci 2001). Later, as the first world war came to a close in…

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