By Ann V. Collins
While racially encouraged rebellion violence definitely existed within the usa either earlier than and after the revolutionary period via international struggle II, a radical account of race riots in this specific time span hasn't ever been released. All Hell Broke Loose fills a long-neglected hole within the literature by way of addressing a gloomy and embarrassing time in our country's history—one that warrants endured research in mild of ways race kin proceed to play an incredible position within the social cloth of our nation.
Author Ann V. Collins identifies and evaluates the prevailing stipulations and contributing components that sparked the race riots throughout the interval spanning the innovative period to global struggle II all through the USA. in the course of the lens of particular riots, Collins presents an overarching research of ways cultural components and financial swap intersected with political affects to form human actions—on either person and team levels.
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74 Indeed, her f riends’ l ynchings sp urred her t o lo ok mo re deep ly in to why w hites us ed t his heinous met hod to kill b lacks. Not convinced t hat black men raped white women on a regular basis, she instead revealed that whites could not abide legitimate interracial affairs. “Nobody in t his section of the country,” she ass erted, “believed the threadbare lie t hat Negro men rape white women. . 75 “I felt t hat one had b etter die f ighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap,” she later recalled.
99 As well, black wr iters p ointed with pride to t he achievements of t heir race. 100 Poet William Waring C uney wr ote a poem to commemorate the occasion. 101 Athlete, singer, and actor Paul Robeson fought Jim Crow in many arenas. His stage premier in 1924, w hen he p erformed as pa rt of an interracial couple in a Eugene O’Neill play, inf uriated w hites. ” By the mid-1930s, he stressed the power of identifying with his African roots. 103 These black assertions of equality did no t occur in a vac uum.
And when black leaders and newspaper edi tors o rganized o r exp osed t he hypocrisy o f w hite s ociety, t hey only inf lamed w hites’ impassioned hatred e ven more. Moreover, Amer ican wars abroad provided blacks an opportunity to assert their equality at home. When they wore the uniform, as Frederick Douglass maintained, it signified to the world that they were true Americans. Many whites could not abide this mentality. Indeed, whites paid attention to the actions and words of African Americans.
All Hell Broke Loose: American Race Riots from the Progressive Era through World War II by Ann V. Collins