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How the 'Red Summer' of 1919 Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Many of us trace the Civil Rights movement back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955. But the true beginning may have been during the summer of 1919, remembered as "Red Summer," when race riots erupted across the country. At that time, NAACP membership grew exponentially, as black World War I veterans returned from fighting for democracy abroad and demanded freedom at home. Despite President Woodrow Wilson's promise to further human rights in the U.S., the federal government turned a blind eye and did little to even to protect African-Americans from racial violence.

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The Takeaway

Excerpt: 'Red Summer'

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

An excerpt from "Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America," by Cameron McWhirter.

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Carswell Grove
[T]here has been nobody suffered in this matter like I have. I did not do nothing at all to cause that riot.
JOE RUFFIN

1. Carswell Grove

[T]here has been nobody suffered in this matter like I have. I did not do nothing at all to cause that riot.

JOE RUFFIN

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stump the Historian

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kenneth Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About Nothing series including Don't Know Much About the Presidents, has his knowledge of U.S. Presidents tested by listeners.

Here's how it works: Call in with two truths and one lie about any US President - you'll have to do a little research - and Ken will try to guess which one is made up. Stump him, win a tote bag!

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