A Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

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A  Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Title: A Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
By: Claire Hartfield
Published: 2019
Call #: YA 305.896 Hartf.C

Dive into Chicago’s past with relevance to the racial issues still facing Chicago and other communities today with this nonfiction read. A Few Drops of Red, sets the stage of all of the different events that led up to the race riots;  from immigrants from Europe and  southern Blacks coming to Chicago, to the meat packing industry changing and booming.  Hartfield introduces a variety of interesting figures like Ida B. Wells – Barnett, a trailblazing Black journalist and advocate or Gustavus Swift who became a giant in the meatpacking industry.  The story is laid out well making it a gripping and tense read complete with pictures from the time period.

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