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Chicago Race Riots of 1919: violence that cemented the city’s segregation

On July 27, 1919, a hot summer Sunday 100 years ago, Chicago’s beaches were packed with people trying to beat the heat. Some black youths were playing on a makeshift raft launched from the 29th Street Beach, popular with the African-American community. As the raft drifted over an imposed “invisible line” that separated black swimmers […]

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