Carl Sandburg's Reporting Foretold the Chicago Race Riots of 1919

September 2011
Nieman Reports;Fall2011, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p31
The article focuses on the works of journalist Carl Sandburg on the violence against African Americans and the Chicago Race Riots of 1919 in Illinois. Sandburgh wrote articles about housing, labor conflict and migration, and interviewed African American business owners, workers, women, and migrants even before the riot broke out. The author adds that anyone reading his works will know that the solution to the persisting racial problem is equal treatment of all people under the law. INSET: Roi Ottley: An African-American Journalist Covers World War II.


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