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Sharecroppers in Elaine, Arkansas are shown here being rounded up by soldiers because their forming of a union was seen as a threat. Image courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission

During the summer of 1919, dubbed the ‘Red Summer’, a series of over three dozen (known) riots and lynchings rocked the nation and infiltrated the news almost daily. Yet the events of that summer remain unknown to many in present times. Of the little research done on the topic, most is city specific rather than looking at national trends or connecting events. Primary (original) documents related to the riots do exist but are spread across the country and difficult to find, or buried in newspaper databases that are inaccessible to many.

Visualizing the Red Summer aims to connect the public and academia with the data and (geographically dispersed) archival material needed to facilitate further research on the Red Summer. The timeline and map, both located along the top menu bar, provide the curious with a chronology and background of the events that summer. The map can be adjusted to reveal patterns and explore deeper. The Red Summer Archive contains over 700 documents and images that were collected from over 20 institutions across the country and can be filtered by location, type of document and other factors. The Additional Resources page lists helpful secondary sources for researchers of the Red Summer, and the About page goes further into the collection, organization and presentation of the material on this site and plans for expansion.

Choose one of the tools in the menu bar to get started 

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  1. Hello,

    I am a high school teacher and just found this site, which is very impressive. I am super excited for my students to use it. I have a lesson on it, but this material will allow my students to do their own primary source research.

    Jason Tebbe

    1. Hi Jason. Just seeing this comment now. Glad to know there are teachers out there using the site! As I gear up for the next step, creating lesson plans and activities using the site, I’ll likely reach out for thoughts as I hope to make them useful to a variety of classroom age groups.

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