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Archaeologists recently uncovered the remains of five houses that lay witness to the tragedy that set springfield, illinois, on fire in

No one large, predominantly black neighborhood had yet emerged in Springfield. The many hundreds of blacks who had fled to the countryside and neighboring towns soon returned and rebuilt their lives. Segregation of the races americzn frequent in the North, and in 22 Springfield and elsewhere blacks were barred from many restaurants, hotels, parks, and other public facilities.

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The first area targeted was the black business district. Poor black residents might complain, but they often lacked the organization and political sprongfield to defend their neighborhoods against such policies. It soon was revealed that she had probably invented the rape story to help hide from her husband her affair with a white man.

Further insights into the riot's origins appear when we turn to the question of whom americqn rioters targeted for attack. The mob's third and last effort that night was to destroy a nearby poor black neighborhood called the Badlands. As we have seen, the press reported that the rioters were drunken, criminal riff-raff. Most blacks had fled the city, but as the mob swept through the area, they captured and lynched a black barber, Scott Burton, who had stayed behind to protect his home.

Very few cities had what later would be called ghettos. By the second day of violence, rioters passed up chances to attack the homes of poor blacks and instead singled out amwrican burning and looting the houses of successful blacks, such as shopowners, barbers, government workers, and real estate dealers. The riot's toll, for a city ameican size, was high: two blacks and four whites dead; hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property destroyed; more than forty black families displaced when their homes were burned; and dozens of citizens of both races injured.

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Several more black homes were damaged, and a few blacks tor alone on the streets were beaten by small groups of whites. Perhaps the worst fears of the black middle-class had come true. Afterhowever, the black community grew steadily but more slowly, until it reached twenty-five hundred in Loper's restaurant The next day began quietly, but at nightfall rioters regrouped downtown.

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Factories that wlman everything from bricks and flour to watches dotted the northeast, working-class quarter of the capital. The crowd then marched to a predominantly white, middle-class neighborhood and seized and hung an elderly wealthy black resident.

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The northern public was presented with the startling spectacle of whites lynching blacks and burning their houses just blocks from the historic home of the president who had freed the slaves. Their sudden, new visibility in the heart of the city may have disturbed some whites.

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Tree where man was hanged In the early hours of the violence, as many as five thousand white Springfield residents were present, mostly as spectators. Many anti-black riots followed, and the Illinois cities of East St. Angry over reports that a black man had sexually assaulted a white woman, a white mob wanted to take a recently arrested suspect from the city jail and kill him.

for Curriculum Materials Coal mining springfielx the one area of employment open to both blacks and whites mostly immigrantsbut it was extremely dangerous work. Candidates running for office bought votes, and once in office took bribes from saloons and houses of prostitution. He was not of southern background.

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indian female escorts What had shocked the city about the report of the alleged rape of a white woman in August was that the incident had occurred in a neighborhood far removed from the Soringfield and Badlands. The new mob marched west to the state arsenal, hoping to get at sprungfield hundred blacks who had taken refuge there, but they were driven off by state troops who charged the crowd with bayonets fixed to their rifles.


He was sentenced to thirty days in jail. Although the movement of blacks into the Onlin sexy chat involved only a few blocks, it may have had an important effect on race relations. Homes on North 9th Street, August 14, East Madison Street, August 14, 23 Barber Shop As for Springfield's black community, no one knows exactly when the first blacks came to the area, but tradition has it that the first settler was a West Indian, a barber named William Florville.

Skilled railroad positions such as engineer or brakeman went to whites only.

Springfield was not unusual in trying to hide away shady activities in womaan black areas: many cities early in the century followed the same policy. Perhaps because they felt that the police were unreliable, whites believed that they had to take the law into their own hands. Louis and Chicago would again find themselves criticized by the press for their violence.

Perhaps it suddenly seemed oceanside personals whites that crime was spreading into ly safe neighborhoods. The Levee and Badlands, since they were close to where the riot began, were probably attacked first simply because they were the nearest targets. Some historians have suggested that perhaps whites believed blacks were taking jobs away from them or were driving down wages by taking lower pay.

Apart from serving as the state capital, it was a fairly typical, middle-sized midwestern city. The state militia was called up during the riot. Another place to look for clues is in the identity of the white rioters and their black eoman. Aftersmall black businesses grew up along one short stretch of the Levee, and poor blacks began to rent small rooms above them.

Whites usually ignored most crime and violence in poor neighborhoods, even it it was interracial in nature. Innorthern white and black reformers, outraged by the violence in Lincoln's hometown, called a sprinyfield meeting. Apparently white rioters understood the symbolism of their acts as well, for some reportedly shouted as they attacked black areas, "Lincoln freed you, now we'll show you where you belong! When the troops made ameican impossible for large crowds to form, some whites turned to threats.