The Burning

Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Tim Madigan

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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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. 34 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble.

And now, 80 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 100 (75% 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 most terrible incident in our shared past.

With chilling details, humanity, and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction, The Burning will recreate the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explore the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population, narrate events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation, and document the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.

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Praise for The Burning

"Madigan somehow manages to tell the story of what happened with grace, purity and haunting starkness." --Buzz Bissinger

" a powerful book, a harrowing case study made all the more so by Madigan's skillful, clear-eyed telling of it." --Adam Nossiter, The New York Times Book Review

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Tim Madigan

Tim Madigan is an award-winning writer with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who in both 1996 and 1997 was named Texas Reporter of the Year in the state's most prestigious journalism competition. He is the author of See No Evil: Blind Devotion and Bloodshed in David Koresh's Holy War

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The Burning
Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
Tim Madigan

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312302474
ISBN10: 0312302479
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$19.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466848849
ISBN10: 1466848847
304 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$7.99
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