The race riots of 1919 are the bloodiest page in the history of Chicago, and our pictures set shows the high tensions of that summer days. The whole story started up with one black boy crossing the borders of the white district. White kids accidentally murdered the intruder and caused the chain reaction of protests, looting, and disorders. The segregation was a sure thing of Chicago of the early 1900s, and Afro-Americans had no other option but to surprise against the racism. Chicago riots didn’t put an end to the racism in the city itself or the northern states overall. The segregation was here and there until the 70s or even later. Civil rights movement had to cover the historical pass that will take another 40 years.
Some pictures show the horrible scenes of dead body removals (Chicago riots of 1919 resulted in 38 deaths and 500 injuries). Other photos captured the policemen and national state guards that tried to bring order to the streets. Some pictures are just rare snapshots of Chicago’s dwellers who attempted to survive the chaos of the civil protests.