Southeastern Michigan Bibliography

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Race Riot

Lee, Alfred McClung. 1943. Race Riot. New York, N.Y: The Dryden press, inc.

Written by a pair of Wayne State sociologists, this book provides precise eyewitness accounts of the violence that ignited in June 1943. Lee and Humphrey narrate step by step and blow by painful blow how a fight on Belle Isle spread to White rampages and how the reaction from the Black neighborhoods were inflamed by the police who selectively attacked and arrested Blacks.  Remarkably clear-sighted for the period, the book provides an analysis of various narratives promulgated by different groups to explain or justify the violence, and a dry warning about the burning embers in many cities awaiting the right puff of wind to flame again.

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