Two weeks of racist violence

On this day, 103 years ago, the two weeks of racist violence we know as the Chicago Race Riots began on the lakefront. By the time they had ended, national guard troops had been hired, the city of Chicago had significantly expanded its police force, dozens were dead, and hundreds were in custody. Unfortunately, but predictably, the courts’ response was as racist as the violence itself.

My open-access book, Fight for Rights, covers both the racial violence and the racist legal response.


Writer. Formerly civil rights attorney. Currently professor. Working on new book about mental disability and criminal law in the 20th century.

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