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The Burning

Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
Written by: Tim Madigan
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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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. Thirty-four square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community 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 percent 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.

©2001 Tim Madigan (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Kyle Prager
  • 2020-05-09

Great Narrative On America’s 1st African American Wall Street!

A hard to swallow pill, but absolutely excellent and necessary introduction to this period of American history post WWI, which is inextricably African American history in this country in its truthfulness! Would highly recommend to every American, it’s important we know our history, embrace it, learn from it, & dump the tragedy of fraudulent revisionist tactics in teaching American history.

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  • Commuting Learner
  • 2020-03-05

Hard to listen to, but should be.

A friend of mine mentioned this forgotten chapter of American history to me and I was shocked that in all my years I had never heard anything -not a word- about it. Unreal how even some of the personalities mentioned in the book had no idea of the occurrence. Again, difficult to listen to, hard to say you will enjoy the book, but important to hear and process.