‘Red Summer’ of 1919: America’s Forgotten Racial Stain

By Jack Beyrer | Real Clear Politics

“The city will be drenched in blood,” predicted Washington civil rights lawyer James Cobb. His grim forecast, made a century ago this month, came true. Over the “Red Summer” of 1919, at least 38 race riots occurred nationwide – including one in the nation’s capital that July — leaving more than 200 people dead.

How did such an ugly chapter of U.S. history come to be? And why isn’t it well known today?

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