Red Summer

The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America
Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.8 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A narrative history of America's deadliest episode of race riots and lynchings.

After World War I, black Americans fervently hoped for a new epoch of peace, prosperity, and equality. Black soldiers believed their participation in the fight to make the world safe for democracy finally earned them rights they had been promised since the close of the Civil War.

Instead, an unprecedented wave of anti-black riots and lynchings swept the country for eight months. From April to November of 1919, the racial unrest rolled across the South into the North and the Midwest, even to the nation's capital. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity and determination never seen before.

Red Summer is the first narrative history about this epic encounter. Focusing on the worst riots and lynchings - including those in Chicago, Washington, DC, Charleston, Omaha, and Knoxville - Cameron McWhirter chronicles the mayhem, while also exploring the first stirrings of a civil rights movement that would transform American society 40 years later.

©2011 Cameron McWhirter (P)2019 Tantor

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Better Understand 2019 by Looking Closely at 1919

Anyone looking for a clearer understanding of how America has struggled with race relations would benefit from this book. It's sobering, tragic and, at times, almost unbelievable. However, in today's social climate, Red Summer helps shed a huge light on how we got to where we are today. Cameron McWhirter is, of course, a top tier reporter, and his experience and curiosity matches well with this nearly-forgotten chapter in American history. I was intellectually stimulated and emotionally wrung-out by this treasure trove. Packed with exhaustive research, countless interviews, and insightful historical perspective, Red Summer is a book that delivers more than I could have imagined. As an audiobook, I must say that I have a few misgivings. I often felt the tone of the narrator was at odds with the book. The 'read' is a little smug, frankly. I felt a more matter-of-fact reading would have benefited the listening experience. Furthermore, there are many audible 'breaths' in this recording, and that's distracting. Not sure why those weren't edited out or toned down. Lastly, at almost exactly the 8 hour mark, I noticed that there was some technical issue - like an interruption or something...right when the book discusses a gentleman whose fear for his own life is sadly justified. I would still highly recommend Red Summer, in any form. America would learn a lot about 2019 by looking at 1919. Point of information: Some years ago I knew Cam a bit, and have always followed and enjoyed his work.

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Strongly recommended!

Cameron McWhirter masterfully ties many events that lead to gossip and riots throughout the summer of 1919 in so many locations across the USA on the heels of the Great War. So many black citizens were blamed for crimes and attacked and killed by mobs, and even the court cases were far less than fair justice.. Chances are many readers have not heard of more than a handful of these events. There is a thread of a story that runs through the book that offers a hopeful conclusion. Do consider the possibility of getting younger people (students) connected with this book. Excellent work by this author.

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another heart-stopping story

I never knew America had so much hidden racism. and after listening to this audio I have realized not much has changed in the last one hundred years. but understand your future burying the past.

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A must read

An insightful and informative chronicle of a pivotal period in this country's development and it's impact on our history.

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from 1919 to 2020

This is arguably a perfect source to see how far we come and this vaunted "progress" we have made. Only a centuries worth of evidence

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Historical Tour de Force....

The narrator was superb, to say the least. The relevance of this book is beyond paramount at this moment in history. The book contains so much connection to past events... After reading Wilmington's Lie by David Zucchino, and then finally listening to this book, a few characters in Wilmington's Lie made reappearances in this book, Red Summer. Worth listening to perhaps thrice. 1919 was a year of awakening that has been in many ways brushed under the rug like many other issues in America. All in all, from start to finish, this book highlights a blighted year in American history amidst race relations.

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very informative!

great perspective of how many African Americans were treated when they stood up for themselves and/or starting being prosperous.

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Awesome. History that's not taught in school

This book covers all the attacks on the black communities that you will never be taught in history at school. Awesome information. Must read.