History September 05, 2019 at 10:00 am

7 deadly race riots in America in the last century that had the most Black casualties

Etsey Atisu September 05, 2019 at 10:00 am

September 05, 2019 at 10:00 am | History

Newspapers carried the accounts of the three days long riots in East Saint Louis, Illinois | Blavity

East St. Louis Riots of 1917

In 1917, white workers of the Aluminum Ore Company in East St. Louis went on a massive strike. This prompted the management of the company to employ African-Americans and a few other willing white people to work. And that decision started one of the deadliest riots in America.

On July 2, 1917, the East St. Louis, Illinois race riot erupted, leading to the slaughtering of at least 100 African-Americans (some sources put the figure at nearly 200) with over 6,000 others left homeless. By comparison, eight whites died.

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