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*On this date in 1919 a Race Riot broke out in Elaine, Arkansas in Phillips County between Blacks and whites.
At the time many African-American sharecroppers had not received their share of wages and they wanted to join the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. Also, the early years of the twentieth century were the time of “Red Summers,” violent years after reconstruction.
The white citizens of the town thought the society was trying to persuade the sharecroppers to create violence. That month union members met near Elaine under armed guards. Two armed white men, one a deputy sheriff, the other a railroad worker showed up and a fight developed. Both men were shot and a railroad worker was killed. For two days, several African-Americans and white citizens of the area were killed in fighting. The fighting ended when Arkansas Gov. Charles Brough…
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