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Free download The BurningMassacre Destruction And THe Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921 109 Terrible incident in our shared past With chilling details humanity and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction The Burning will recreate the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity explore the currents of hatred racism and mistrust between its black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population narrate events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation and document the subseuent silence that surrounded the tragedy. I read this because both of my older white parents read it and loved it and were so interested in this piece of history and they wanted to talk to me about it And I was like oh yeah I watched HBO Watchmen but OKAnyway I think it is an interesting piece of history and where this book does its best is when it s talking about the climate leading up to the riot as well as the lingering impact it s had on the survivors of that day A lot of this history had been lost literally burned I was fascinated to read that the Oklahoma Historical Society offered a reward to anyone who could produce a copy of Richard Lloyd Jones editorial that spurred on the riot But apparently the text of that editorial is still lost to historyWhere this book faltered for me was its attempts to fill in lost history with imagined dialogue from people who died or recreations of scenes that there obviously wasn t documentation for Especially when he was recreating scenes from the POV of white folks who were using the n word liberally Like I mean I m sure they were but then it was his choice to liketype the n word into his book a bunch of times Still clearly well researched and did a great job of illuminating so to speak this moment in history But you could probably just watch Watchmen instead tbh

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Free download The BurningMassacre Destruction And THe Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921 109 On the morning of June 1 1921 a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa Oklahoma and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous 34 suare blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community known then as the Negro Wall Street of America were reduced to smoldering rubbleAnd now 80 years later the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is dif. This book is a well rendered historical account of racial violence that occurred on May 31 and June 1 1921 in Tulsa Oklahoma The author first describes incidents leading up to the event while also introducing the reader to several characters who will be part of the story Then the event itself and all its violence is described with a followup report on its aftermath and the response to it over subseuent years Rather than try to summarize the events in this review I ve decided to simply select some excerpts from the book which I ve posted below with my own introductory comments preceding each uote If you want to read about the event I suggest reading this Wikipedia articleThis book is filled with numerous acts of wanton disregard for life aka murder For this review I ve decided to limit myself to this one incidentAn old black couple refused to be displaced when the mob stormed down their street that night so when the whites burst through their door they found the man and his wife kneeling side by side in prayer at the foot of their bed Each was immediately shot in the back of the head Their home was looted and set on fire incinerating the bodies of the couple inside P120 It s interesting to note that for many years nobody would talk about the event and when it was mentioned many refused to believe it was possible Fifty years after the event in 1971 an amateur historian decided to write a historical account of the event He started receiving death threats when word got out about his interviewing of survivors and witnesses Which makes one wonder who is issuing death threats fifty years after the event Are the mob participants who are now in their 70s and 80s making those threats The following excerpt addresses what appeared to be a conspiracy of silenceScholars and Journalists attempting to reconstruct the great burning in the decades after it happened bumped up against an almost impenetrable conspiracy of silence among Tulsa whites one inspired by shame in some cases in others by the lack of a statute of limitations for murder In any event within hours of the catastrophe the mobsters had disappeared back into the fabric of local life their atrocious tales to be whispered in the secrecy of the Klan meetings or bragged about in speakeasies when a mobster was overly drunk or recounted on deathbeds when the prospect of hell finally compelled the guilty to unburden themselves P143The massacre left about 10000 blacks homeless and the black owned commercial business district in ruins The following excerpt describes the extent of the destructionThirty five suare blocks of the negro community lay almost completely in ruin save for a number of out houses and a few isolated residences As the whites had moved north on June 1st they put the torch to than 1115 negro homes 314 were looted but not burned five hotels thirty one restaurants four drug stores eight doctor s offices the new Dunbar School two dozen grocery stores the Negro hospital the public library and even a dozen churches including the community s most magnificent new edifice Mount Zion Baptist Church Most personal belongings of the blacks were consumed as well along with monetary savings that Greenwood families typically kept tucked away under mattresses or hidden in cupboards because no black banks existed on the north side of the tracks P221 The death toll will never be determined for sure because of the hasty efforts of whites to haul off the bodies and bury them in unmarked graves The following excerpt is the book s discussion of the widely varying estimates of the number killed In the burning s immediate aftermath a Tulsa fire official estimated the dead at 185 saying that many of the victims had been incinerated in their homes But Tulsa s official estimate was uickly revised downward to seventy seven dead nine whites and sixty eight Negroes and reduced even further in coming days to ten whites and twenty six NegroesAnyone in Tulsa on the day of the burning knew that death estimate to be ludicrous For hundreds of Tulsans the most vivid memories of the tragedy were the surreal scenes of trucks rumbling through town in succession hauling piles of black bodies through the city apparently en route to burial grounds at unknown destinations out in the country Dozens of other bodies were seen stacked like firewood onto railroad flatcars P222 223 In 1996 as the massacre s 75th anniversary neared the state legislature authorized an Oklahoma Commission to investigate the Tulsa Race Riot later called a massacre by appointing individuals to study and prepare a report detailing a historical account of the riot One of their recommendations was for direct payment of reparations to survivors The State did appropriate some funds for scholarships construction of memorials and economic developmentOne reason I find this story shocking is because it happened not too far from where I grew up within the lifetime of my parents

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Free download The BurningMassacre Destruction And THe Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921 109 Ficult to pinpoint Conservative estimates put the number of dead at about 100 75% of the victims are believed to have been black but the actual number of casualties could be triple that The Tulsa Race Riot Commission formed two years ago to determine exactly what happened has recommended that restitution to the historic Greenwood Community would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional as well as physical scars of this most. In The Burning Fort Worth Star Telegram journalist Tim Madigan has written a riveting and sobering account of an incomprehensible event in American history the so called Tulsa race riot of May 31 June 1 1921 that really is accurately described as a warOver the course of two days a prosperous and vibrant African American neighborhood called Greenwood located on the north side of the Frisco railroad tracks near downtown Tulsa Oklahoma was literally burned to the ground Hundreds were killed although official Tulsa never acknowledged the extent of the human loss Our history books of the 1960s covered Detroit and Watts and Jackson Why was this story never included in our histories of the 1920s If it had been in the profound manner that Madigan delivers it might we have averted some of what came after One wondersIf you know Tim Madigan s writing only from his light hearted I m Proud of You a brief book chronicling his friendship with Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood fame you ll be shocked by the depth of his investigative and literary work hereOne of the most significant books I ve read in the past year

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • The BurningMassacre Destruction And THe Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921
  • Tim Madigan
  • English
  • 25 February 2017
  • 9780312272838