Causes of the Red Summer in 1919

Causes of the Red Summer in 1919

The Red Summer refers to nationwide riots experienced in the second quarter of the year 1919 in the US. The riots were between whites and African Americans. The US has just emerged victorious in the First World War. The disturbances were experienced in most cities in the US. However, individual cities like Chicago and Washington DC experienced high rates of violence. There were several causes to the violence experienced in the 1919 summer.

Firstly, racism was the leading cause of the violence that erupted in Chicago after a black man drowned by a white man in Lake Michigan. Ellis (40), argues that this was just a symptom of the bigger problem that had developed over time. There was already high tension between blacks and whites in the country with each camp accusing each other of the woes that were facing them in the country. Ellis (41) adds that the rampant white racism felt threatened by the blacks hence began the war with the aim of showi

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