The New Negro in the American Congo: The Elaine, Arkansas, Racial Massacre, 1919

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This lecture discusses the Elaine, Arkansas Massacre that occurred in 1919. It describes the ways that black people had been politicized during World War I, focusing on their organized activities to claim their citizenship rights. The Elaine Massacre represented the efforts of the local, state, and federal governments to destroy the political efforts of black people in the Delta. The story of Elaine is a powerful account of the efforts of rural black people to mobilize against white supremacy and the force that the power structures employed to destroy those efforts.


African American Race

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Nan Elizabeth Woodruff

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