The burning [electronic resource] : massacre, destruction, and the Tulsa race riot of 1921. Tim Madigan.
- ISBN: 9781466848849 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
On the morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous. 34 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble. And now, 80 years later, the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is more difficult to pinpoint. Conservative estimates put the number of dead at about 100 (75% of the victims are believed to have been black), but the actual number of casualties could be triple that. The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed two years ago to determine exactly what happened, has recommended that restitution to the historic Greenwood Community would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional as well as physical scars of this most terrible incident in our shared past. With chilling details, humanity, and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction, The Burning will recreate the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explore the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population, narrate events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation, and document the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 November 2001
Madigan provides a riveting account of one of the most shameful episodes in the troubled history of race relations in the U.S. On June 1, 1921, a mob of angry white citizens descended on Greenwood, the prosperous black quarter of Tulsa, Oklahoma, burning the thriving community and torturing and killing African American residents. Assigned to do a newspaper piece on the curiously overlooked incident nearly 80 years later, the author, a self-described "ignorant white boy," expanded his story into a stunning book chronicling Tulsa's "terrible secret." Utilizing firsthand accounts from both African American survivors and white witnesses, he has pieced together the events precipitating the riot as well as the senseless and brutal horror of the actual massacre. This cultural and sociological dissection of a twentieth-century tragedy makes difficult but compelling reading. ((Reviewed November 1, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews
Tim Madigan is an award-winning writer with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who in both 1996 and 1997 was named Texas Reporter of the Year in the state's most prestigious journalism competition. He is the author of See No Evil: Blind Devotion and Bloodshed in David Koresh's Holy War
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