The Race Riot Finally Ends

Monday, August 11, 1919, two weeks after Eugene Williams drowned, Adj. General Dickson declared that Chicago’s race riots were finally over. Dickson headed back to his office in Springfield.

That morning, as other, less celebrated workers returned to the stockyards, the police department remained worried. Alcockwarned police captains that they would need to keep reserves ready for several weeks “until all possibility of further race troubles” was at an end. 


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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