Section 1–Update for Class on Wednesday 11/4

Hi everyone in Section 1!

In class tomorrow, we will be focusing on Chapter 2 of Abu-Lughod’s Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

Here are some of the main questions I would like you to please focus on for tomorrow:

  1. What are some of the characteristics that make Chicago different and especially prone to the race riots that unfolded?  You can draw connections from Ferman’s book to this question as well.
  2. What were some of the factors that contributed to the fight over space in Chicago?
  3. What were some of the underlying causes of the Riot of 1919 and what were conditions in Chicago like surrounding the time right before and during its occurrence?

Also, please read the very short article from the link below and think about how both the chapter (specifically the portion about the tragic passing of Eugene Williams) and this article can be connected to the riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, and to the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole.

I hope you have found/find the chapter and article to be interesting and I look forward to hearing the thoughtful observations you have made in class tomorrow!  Thanks guys! 🙂