Red Summer of shame: How hundreds of black Americans were shot, lynched or beaten to death by white mobs rampaging across the country in 1919

By BRYONY JEWELL FOR MAILONLINE

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence and yet 100 years later there is no national remembrance day and many people do not know it even happened.

Hundreds of African American men, women and children were burned alive, shot, lynched or beaten to death by white mobs and thousands saw their homes and businesses burned to the ground.

Branded ‘Red Summer’ because of the bloodshed, the period amounted to some of the worst white-on-black violence in U.S. history and violence erupted in towns like Elaine, Arkansas, as well as in cities such as Chicago.

Researchers believe that in 10 months, more than 250 African Americans were killed in at least 25 riots across the U.S. by white mobs that never faced punishment.

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