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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading > What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 16 in a series – “…white children cut up their clothes while they swam.”

What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 16 in a series – “…white children cut up their clothes while they swam.”

October 10th, 2019

“Even before World War II using segregation as a means of riot prevention was clearly ineffective. Small-and large-scale racial conflict over recreation prevailed in Chicago throughout the 1930s. Daily harassment of blacks who attempted to use public facilities was common. When a pool attendant denied a black mother and her four daughters a locker at a public pool, white children cut up their clothes while they swam.”

From Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

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