Claire Hartfield: A Few Red Drops (A Union League Club Event)

Join us at The Union League Club, for a luncheon with special guest Claire Hartfield, discussing her gripping, measured account of a day at Lake Michigan's beach in the summer 1919 that precipitated a full-blown race riot in Chicago. In her new book A Few Red Drops, she traces the events and forces that made the explosion inevitable.

"Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs, the narrative is also carefully researched, drawing on accounts from the time... A comprehensive, careful account." --Kirkus

Claire Hartfield received her B.A from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Chicago. As a lawyer, she has specialized in school desegregation litigation. More recently, she has been involved in setting policy and creating programs in a charter school setting on Chicago's African-American West Side. She heard stories of the 1919 race riot from her grandmother, who lived in the Black Belt in Chicago at the time, and was moved to share this history with younger generations. Ms. Hartfield lives in Chicago.

This is a ticketed luncheon event. Call us at 847-446-8880 to reserve your place. The Union League Club has a dress code of business casual, no denim please.

Review Quotes:

"Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs, the narrative is also carefully researched, drawing on accounts from the time... A comprehensive, careful account." --Kirkus

"
This well-documented text outlines the events leading to the race riot in Chicago in the summer of 1919...This solid entry covers a topic not often mentioned in YA literature, and will support researchers looking for balanced coverage for history, civil rights, and economics reports." -- Booklist 

"Photos, editorial cartoons, and advertisements further immerse readers in a vivid chronicle with no shortage of contemporary relevance."-- Publishers Weekly 

Event date: 

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Event address: 

The Union League Club
65 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544785137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Clarion Books - January 2nd, 2018

On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations.