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The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

by Tim Madigan

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3637. The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, by Tim Madigan (read 14 Oct 2002) This is an account of a race riot on May 31-Jun 1, 1921, in Tulsa resulting in the death of the author believes about 200 people, most of them black. The author is a journalist and tells the story journalistically, without footnotes. It is an important story and deserves to be told, but this account is not well-done. Instead of expatiating on the awfulness of the story I think an exposition of the facts, documented, would have been more effective, at least as far as I am concerned. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 17, 2007 |
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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 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble.

And now, 80 years later, the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is more difficult 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 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 subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.

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