Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921:

Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921:

10 thoughts on “Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation

  1. Vaishali Vaishali says:

    One of 5 histories I've read on this tragedy but the angriest Brophy fails to mediate events without inserting a rather seething displeasure of whites tainting the book as a whole In addition the book is compiled from a large variety of sources and though information copious it is not well ordered The paragraphs ramble on somewhat and I found myself oscillating between pages to compare competing information AJ Smitherman's poetry is misplaced and took away from what could have been a sharper narrative In fact you don't get to the crux of the event until 10 pages into Chapter 4 white Tulsa and black Tulsa could not have been farther apart in their understandings of what exactly had broken down White Tulsa and the grand jury believed that the 'social order' had collapsed and that blacks had staged an uprising Whites saw the primary duty of law in the riot's wake as the restoration of order From black Tulsa's point of view however the breakdown was not in the social order but in the law itself which had failed to protect Greenwood against violence Even worse the government had authorized harm to Greenwood residents and propertyAnd that's still not entirely what happened Here it is 1 Whites took up arms because they thought blacks would usurp Tulsa A negro uprising is a familiar theme amongst whites at that time2 Blacks took up arms to rescue a jailed black youth anticipating a mob lynching him Lynchings were all too common in the early 1900s especially at poorly staffed precincts Interestingly whites could also be victims especially if they were socialists or Catholics3 A mob formed only after reading a spicy newspaper op ed headlining the jailed youth In other words by all historical accounts the Tulsa Race Riot was actually triggered by a lone tabloidAll in all a book far too militant to sound intelligent

  2. Tunde Tunde says:

    This book was great I loved the detail Brophy uses in which first hand account from victims as well as newspapers and politicians of the time to tell a story that I hadn't previously understood

  3. Jim Keating Jim Keating says:

    Having lived in Oklahoma my entire life the Tulsa race riot was not ever discussed even living in Tulsa for a few years in the 1970's and studying Oklahoma history in 8th grade Maybe because it was a dark embarrassing period of time in the history of Tulsa and Oklahoma it became out of sight out of mind Brophy did a fantastic job with his research and laid out the facts in a coherent manner It's easy to follow the chronology of events He laid out his thoughtful case for reparations later in the book and lets the reader develop his own opinionI found myself thinking stop don't do it be patient talk to each other work it out it's not worth the death and destruction of families and property drop your weapons calm downkind of like today

  4. Kiera Kiera says:

    Pretty good book I read it for school It is very moving and informative Prior to reading this book I knew nothing about the Tulsa riot I’m glad I read it and have learned about this important piece of history

  5. Wendi Whitman Wendi Whitman says:

    Reconstructing the Dreamland Well written shocking account of an American travesty The pictures and details lay bare the events of an unknown race riot on US soil Readers should expect shock disgust wonder amazement sadness and regret

  6. Frank Frank says:

    It’s sad I only heard about this part of American history because of watching the first episode of the HBO series Watchmen and I wanted to learn about it

  7. Julian Abagond Julian Abagond says:

    Good short overview based on court cases and on both Black and White newspapers Written with an eye to arguments about reparations Said surprisingly little about whether or not the planes bombed Greenwood or what comparing Greenwood then and now

  8. Sean Sean says:

    Being a new resident of Tulsa I was hoping to find a good background of the race riots that have divided our city This book was OK Brophy definitely has done his research as evidenced by overwhelming citations to court cases and testimoniesBut I feel like the drama of the riot wasn’t captured; it felt like the event was just reported I learned uite a bit about the causes and the locations and when I drive around downtown I can picture the events happening There was also a photo essay chapter which I really appreciated But it just didn’t grab meI’m sure a visit to the Race Riot museum will help fill in some gaps And while I appreciate the amount of research that was poured in to this book it didn’t uite meet my expectationsBOTTOM LINE I liked it I learned a lot from it but I doubt I would recommend it except for the photo essay chapter

  9. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    I had never heard of the Tulsa race riots and since I live in Oklahoma I thought I would catch up on some of the history from the area A very interesting tragic read that opens your mind regarding race

  10. David David says:

    Pretty interesting but a bit to much legal talk to make it an enjoyable read really I guess it's a book about a race riot so it's probably not really trying to be that enjoyable anyway Very informative though

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Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation [BOOKS] ✫ Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation By Alfred L. Brophy – The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot was the country's bloodiest civil disturbance of the century Leaving perhaps 150 dead 30 city blocks burned to the ground and than a thousand families homeless the riot repres The Tulsa Dreamland: The MOBI · Race Riot was the country's bloodiest civil disturbance of the century Leaving perhaps Reconstructing the PDF/EPUB or dead city blocks burned to the ground and than a thousand families homeless the riot the Dreamland: The PDF È represented an unprecedented breakdown of the rule of law It reduced the prosperous black community of Greenwood the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot Epub / Oklahoma to rubble In Reconstructing the Dreamland Alfred Brophy draws on his own extensive research into contemporary accounts and court documents to chronicle this devastating riot showing how and why the rule of law uickly eroded Brophy offers a gut wrenching portrait of mob violence and racism run amok both on the night of the riot and the morning after when a coordinated sunrise attack accompanied by airplanes stormed through Greenwood torching and looting the community Eually important he shows how the city government and police not only permitted the the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot Epub / looting shootings and burning of Greenwood but actively participated in it The police department fearing that Greenwood was erupting into a negro uprising which Brophy shows was not the case deputized white citizens haphazardly gave out guns and badges with little background check or sent men to hardware stores to arm themselves Likewise the Tulsa based units of the National Guard acted unconstitutionally arresting every black resident they could find leaving Greenwood property vulnerable to the white mob special deputies and police that followed behind and burned it Brophy's revelations and stark narrative of the events of bring to life an incidence of racial violence that until recently lay mostly forgotten Reconstructing the Dreamland concludes with a discussion of reparations for victims of the riot That case has implications for other reparations movements including reparations for slavery.