East St. Louis massacre : : the greatest outrage of the century

Title East St. Louis massacre : : the greatest outrage of the century
Names Wells-Barnett, Ida B.
Book Number DB109132
Title Status In Process
Medium Digital Book
Annotation "Who was to blame for the East St. Louis Massacre of 1917, a series of outbreaks race-related violence resulting in the deaths of from 40 to 250 African-Americans? Ida B. Wells answers this question in her once government-censored 1917 book "The East St. Louis Massacre." Another 6,000 blacks were left homeless and the burning and vandalism cost approximately $400,000 ($7,982,000 in 2020) in property damage. In describing the scene in East St. Louis, after she arrived in the aftermath of the riot, Wells writes: "No one molested me in my walk from the station to the City Hall, although I did not see a single colored person until I reached the City Hall building. I accosted the lone individual in soldier's uniform at the depot, a mere boy with a gun, and asked him if the governor was in town. When he said no, he had gone to Washington the night before, I asked how the situation was and he said, 'bad.' I asked what was the trouble and he said, 'The Negroes won't let the whites alone. They killed seven yesterday and three already this morning.'" The ferocious brutality of the attacks and the failure of authorities to protect innocent lives contributed to the radicalization of many blacks in St. Louis and the nation. Marcus Garvey, black nationalist leader of the UNIA from Jamaica, declared in a July 8 speech that the riot was "one of the bloodiest outrages against mankind" and a "wholesale massacre of our people", insisting that "This is no time for fine words, but a time to lift one's voice against the savagery of a people who claim to be the dispensers of democracy." In New York City on July 28, ten thousand black people marched down Fifth Avenue in a Silent Parade, protesting the East St. Louis Massacre. They carried signs that highlighted protests about the massacre. In October the state tried 25 blacks and 10 whites on charges related to the massacre, including homicide and incitement to riot." -- Provided by publisher. -- 1917.
Local Subject History, United States - HUS
History - HST
Adult Book - AD
Adult Non-Fiction - AN
LC Subject African Americans - Civil rights - History
African Americans - Crimes against - Illinois - East Saint Louis - History - 20th century
African Americans - Social conditions
African Americans - Illinois - East Saint Louis - History
African Americans - Illinois - East Saint Louis - Social conditions
East Saint Louis Race Riot, East Saint Louis, Ill., 1917
Racism - United States - History
Riots - United States - History
East Saint Louis (Ill.) - Race relations - History
East Saint Louis (Ill.) - Social conditions
United States - Race relations - History - 20th century
Call Number 364.134 ANF
Language English
Released 2014
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress, 2014
Original Publication Reissue of: New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
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