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UW-Platteville professor, author presents Black History Month lecture Feb. 17

By

Eric Pullin

February 16, 2015

David F. Krugler, full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will visit Carthage on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to speak about his latest book, “1919, The Year of Racial Violence,” as part of the Black History Month Lecture Series.

The lecture and discussion will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Niemann Media Theater in Hedberg Library.

Mr. Krugler’s book “1919, The Year of Racial Violence” recounts African Americans’ brave stand against a cascade of mob attacks in the United States after World War I. In city after city including Washington, DC., Chicago, Charleston, and elsewhere, black men and women took arms to repel mobs that used lynching, assaults, and other forms of violence to protect white supremacy. Refusing to yield, African Americans sought accuracy and fairness in the courts of public opinion and the law.

Mr. Krugler’s book is the first account of this three-front fight in the streets, in the press, and in the courts against mob violence during one of the worst years of racial conflict in U.S. history.

The event is co-sponsored by the Division of Humanities, the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for History, and the History Department.