The Chicago Race Riots

by Darron Jackson


"The police’s refusal to arrest the white man whom eyewitnesses identified as causing it, sparked a week of rioting between gangs of black and white Chicagoans, concentrated on the South Side neighborhood surrounding the stockyards."(Chicago Race Riot)

How it all began

Chicago Race Riot of 1919,most severe of approximately 25 race riots throughout the U.S. in the “Red Summer” (meaning “bloody”) following World War I a manifestation

In the South revivedKu Klux Klan activities resulted in 64 lynchings in 1918 and 83 in 1919; race riots broke out inWashington, D.C.; Knoxville, Tennessee; Longview, Texas; and Phillips county, Arkansas. (Chicago Race Riot)

For five days it raged, mostly on the South Side. White mobs attacked isolated blacks. Blacks attacked isolated whites. John Mills, a black Stockyards worker, was riding home when a mob stopped his streetcar and beat him to death.


"The Chicago Race Riot of 1919." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2016."