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Ideas Matter: Race Riots 1919 – 1992: from the First World War to Culture War

January 29, 2021

Third podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode, we feature the lecture ‘Race Riots 1919 – 1992: from the First World War to Culture War’.

The summer of 2020 was marked by Black Lives Matters protests and also by an explosion of violence that spread through American cities such as Minneapolis, Atlanta and many more. This talk explores a century of race riots in America and the shifting political and cultural terrain that shaped them.

Lecturer: Dr Cheryl Hudson, lecturer in US Political History, University of Liverpool;  researching histories of race, reform and political culture in the United States; co-editor, ‘Why Academic Freedom Matters’ (Civitas, 2016).

The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit

For this lecture on race riots, we you may wish to read:-

  • ‘Race Riot: Chicago and the Red Summer of 1919’ by William M. Tuttle (1996). Purchase this book
  • ‘Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unravelling of American Liberalism’ by Steven M. Gillon (2018).
  • ‘2020 is not 1968: To understand today’s protests, you must look further back’ by Thomas J. Sugrue in National Geographic

In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit:

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