Public Newsroom 102: Reporting on Race and Riots—1919 to Today

Public Newsroom 102: Reporting on Race and Riots—1919 to Today

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This year marks 100 years since the 1919 race riots in Chicago. Sparked by the murder of African American teenager Eugene Williams, who drowned after being stoned by a white man near a whites-only South Side beach, these riots are an oft-overlooked part of the city’s history. Media coverage at the time of Williams’ death and the ensuing violence largely got the story wrong with few notable exceptions, especially Carl Sandburg’s reporting for the Chicago Daily News.

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