By Associate Professor Roberta Senechal de la Roche PhD
This targeted case examine of the 1908 race insurrection in Springfield, Illinois, which begun just a couple of blocks from Abraham Lincoln’s relations domestic, explores the social origins of rioting via whites opposed to the city’s African American group after a white lady alleged black guy had raped her. Over days rioters wrecked black-owned companies, burned neighborhoods to the floor, killed black males, and injured many others. writer Roberta Senechal de l. a. Roche attracts from quite a lot of resources to explain the rebel, establish the rioters and their sufferers, and problem past interpretations that characteristic rioting to interracial festival for jobs, housing, or political impact. Written in an immediate and transparent kind, In Lincoln’s Shadow records a violent explosion of racial hatred that stunned the country and divulges the complexity of white racial attitudes within the early 20th century.