By Ann V. Collins
While racially stimulated insurrection violence definitely existed within the usa either sooner than and after the revolutionary period via international warfare II, an intensive account of race riots in this specific time span hasn't ever been released. All Hell Broke Loose fills a long-neglected hole within the literature through addressing a gloomy and embarrassing time in our country's history—one that warrants persevered learn in gentle of ways race kinfolk proceed to play a tremendous position within the social textile of our nation.
Author Ann V. Collins identifies and evaluates the prevailing stipulations and contributing components that sparked the race riots in the course of the interval spanning the revolutionary period to global warfare II all through the USA. in the course of the lens of particular riots, Collins offers an overarching research of the way cultural components and financial swap intersected with political impacts to form human actions—on either person and team levels.
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Extra info for All Hell Broke Loose: American Race Riots from the Progressive Era through World War II
1 B y t he 1890s, t he p romise o f eq uality o nce held o ut b y t he 14th and 15t h Amendments had all b ut b een lost. M ost Af rican Amer icans toiled in t he economically depressed South as sha recroppers, tenant farmers, a nd wag e la borers. Thos e w ho mo ved u p t he e conomic ladder faced constant threats to their lives and property. Whites used any means necessary t o co nsolidate t heir p ower, inc luding race r iots. I n t his c hapter a nd t he next, I exa mine t he str uctural fac tors, c ultural f raming, a nd precipitating events that created the racial pogroms from the Progressive Era through World War II.
15 Local, state, and federal authorities contributed to how race riots played out from the late 1890s t hrough the mid-1940s as w ell. ”16 But the victims of race riots often found themselves either ignored by authorities d uring t he vio lence o r b lamed a fterward. Of ficials s ometimes e ven joined in t he brutality themselves. On A ugust 17, 1900, f or example, the editors of t he New York Times responded with disgust t o t he role of t he police in that city’s riot: The record of the police in the riotous attacks on negroes in their quarter on Wednesday night may briefly be summed up.
Is it possible we must leave our homes and go fight a f oreign foe and not get any protection at home by the government we are defending? C. C. . The outrages of the negro in the South if left to continue will sp read to the North and West, and then what is lef t for us to do but prove disloyal to our government. . We are loyal we go when duty calls us. And are we to die lik e rats in a tra p? Will you for God sake in y our next message to Congress give us some releif [ sic]? . ”21 A N ew Yorker besieged, “Please do all in your p ower t o st op [t he vio lence], if t here needs t o b e a st anding a rmy, please send one there.