The Ordeal of the Jungle: The Chicago Federation of Labor and the Race Riot of 1919 | Newberry

The Ordeal of the Jungle: The Chicago Federation of Labor and the Race Riot of 1919

“The Riot Area Extending Over the Black Belt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 29, 1919. Call Number: oversize A 6 .169 (July 29, 1919), p. 4 (PrCt).

A Newberry Colloquium
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

4 PM

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

David Bates, Assistant Professor of History, Concordia University Chicago
Open to the Public
Newberry Colloquium

In the summer of 1919, Chicago exploded in a firestorm of racial violence that left thirty-eight people dead and more than five hundred injured. In this colloquium, Prof. David Bates of Concordia University Chicago recounts the ways that Chicago’s black and white workers responded to those eight bloody days, tracing the city’s fraught history of interracial unionism, the emergence of violent racial clashes in the stockyards, and the desperate attempts of the Chicago Federation of Labor to preserve its tenuous coalition of black and white workers.