This book examines the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, perhaps the most lethal and financially devastating instance of collective violence in early twentieth-century America. The Greenwood district, a comparably prosperous black community spanning thirty-five city blocks, was set afire and destroyed by white rioters. This work analyzes the massacre from a sociological perspective, extending an integrative approach to studying its causes, the organizational responses that followed, and the complicated legacy that remains.
1. The Massacre.
2. Greenwood: The Rise and Devastation of a Prosperous Community.
3. What Caused the Riot?.
4. 'Negro Uprising': Framing a Riot.
5. Transforming Old Understandings: The Fight for Reparations.
Chris M. Messer is Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology at Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA. His research has appeared in outlets such as American Journal of Sociology and Economics, Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Rural Sociology, and Journal of Black Studies . He is also a co-author of The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics (2013).
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