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A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

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On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business, and clashes of culture. Archival photos and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.

Author: Claire Hartfield
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 01/02/2018
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.00lbs
Size: 10.10h x 8.30w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780544785137
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.9
Point Value: 6
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 500342 / Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2017
Booklist 11/01/2017 pg. 34
Publishers Weekly 11/13/2017
School Library Journal 12/01/2017
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2017 pg. 77 - Recommended - Hard To Beat
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2018 pg. 102
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2018 - Book Of Special Distinction
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2018 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Claire Hartfield is an attorney who specialized in school desegregation litigation. Recently she has been involved in setting policy and programs in a predominantly African American charter school in Chicago, where she lives. Her grandmother's experiences during the 1919 riot inspired this book.

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