9780195161038

Reconstructing the Dreamland The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195161038

  • ISBN10:

    0195161033

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-04-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot was the country's bloodiest civil disturbance of the century. Thirty city blocks were burned to the ground, perhaps 150 died, and the prosperous black community of Greenwood, Oklahoma, was turned to rubble. Brophy draws on his own extensive research into contemporary accounts and court documents to chronicle this devastating riot, showing how and why the rule of law quickly eroded. Brophy shines his lights on mob violence and racism run amok, both on the night of the riot and the following morning. Equally important, he shows how the city government and police not only permitted looting, shootings, and the burning of Greenwood, but actively participated in it by deputizing white citizens haphazardly, giving out guns and badges, or sending men to arm themselves. Likewise, the National Guard acted unconstitutionally, arresting every black resident they found, leaving property vulnerable to the white mob. Brophy's stark narrative concludes with a discussion of reparations for victims of the riot through lawsuits and legislative action. That case has implications for other reparations movements, including reparations for slavery. "Recovers a largely forgotten history of black activism in one of the grimmest periods of race relations.... Linking history with advocacy, Brophy also offers a reasoned defense of reparations for the riot's victims."--Washington Post Book World

Author Biography


Alfred L. Brophy is Professor of Law at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. An authority on the 1921 riot, he contributed to the report to the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, a body created by the Oklahoma Legislature to investigate the riot and make recommendations for reparations.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Prologue
Seeking Justice and the Origins of the Riot
""Thinking He Can Whip The World"": The Riot
Picturing the Riot
""A White Wash Brush and a Big One in Operation in Tulsa"": Tulsa Interprets the Riot
Tulsa Will! Tulsa Will? Tulsa Will Dodge: The Failure of Reconstruction
Epilogue
Notes
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