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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-12-08 07:53 AM
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147. The 1908 Springfield Race Riot
From the article: A century ago this week, the normally placid town of Springfield, Ill., the hometown of President Abraham Lincoln, erupted in a two-day spasm of racial violence and mayhem that still has the power to shock today.

Goaded by two alleged attacks by black men on whites, a mob of white residents killed two black men, destroyed dozens of black-owned businesses and ran most of the city's black population out of town on Aug. 14, 1908.

Roberta Senechal de la Roche, professor of history at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., tells host Liane Hansen that, "White Northerners had a rather complacent and self-satisfied attitude that anti-black prejudice and anti-black violence in particular was largely a Southern problem. And one of the really shocking things about the well-publicized Springfield race riot and its association with Abraham Lincoln was that the North had a race problem."


The 1908 riot has left an enduring legacy it was the catalyst for the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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