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Author Madigan, Tim, 1957-

Title The burning : the massacre and destruction of a place called Greenwood / Tim Madign.

Published New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  976.686052 MADI MF12    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xix, 297 pages ; 22 cm
Notes Includes index.
Contents Prologue: Like Judgment Day 1 -- 1. Beyond Hatred's Reach 7 -- 2. Lincoln's Devotee 26 -- 3. Diamond Dick and the KKK 47 -- 4. Sheriff's Promise 68 -- 5. Down the Road to Apocalypse 86 -- 6. Be Ready at Daybreak 104 -- 7. Attack on Greenwood 125 -- 8. A Single Ruthless Organism 143 -- 9. Negro Alamo 155 -- 10. Are You Dr. Jackson? 168 -- 11. Sick from What I See 185 -- 12. Assignment of a Lifetime 201 -- 13. Scorched Earth 219 -- 14. A Christmas Carol 234 -- 15. What Do You Say Now? 245 -- 16. Veil Lifted 260.
Summary On the Morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous. Thirty-four square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, then known as the "Negro Wall Street of America," were reduced to smoldering rubble.
And now, eighty years later, the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is more difficult to pinpoint. Conservative estimates put the number of dead at about one hundred (75 percent of the victims are believed to have been black), but the actual number of casualties could be triple that. The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed two years ago to determine exactly what happened, has recommended that restitution to the historic Greenwood community would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional as well as physical scars of this horrific incident in our shared past.
With chilling detail, humanity, and the narrative power of compelling fiction, The Burning re-creates the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity; explores the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between Tulsa's black residents and the neighboring white population; recounts the events leading up to and including the holocaust at Greenwood. Finally, it documents the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.
Subject African Americans -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century.
African American neighborhoods -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century.
Riots -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century.
Violence -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century.
Racism -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century.
Tulsa (Okla.) -- Race relations.
ISBN 0312272839