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Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
by Scott Ellsworth

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    Format: Paperback, 184 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780807117675
    Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
    Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
    Parent Company: Louisiana State University
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    Widely believed to be the most extreme incidence of white racial violence against African Americans in modern United States history, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resulted in the destruction of over one thousand black-owned businesses and homes as well as the murder of between fifty and three hundred black residents.

    Exhaustively researched and critically acclaimed, Scott Ellsworth’s Death in a Promised Land is the definitive account of the Tulsa race riot and its aftermath, in which much of the history of the destruction and violence was covered up. It is the compelling story of racial ideologies, southwestern politics, and incendiary journalism, and of an embattled black community’s struggle to hold onto its land and freedom. More than just the chronicle of one of the nation’s most devastating racial pogroms, this critically acclaimed study of American race relations is, above all, a gripping story of terror and lawlessness, and of courage, heroism, and human perseverance.

    —Journal of Southern History


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