Violent 2-Day Race Riot In Springfield, Illinois

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In 1908, a violent 2-day race riot in Springfield, Illinois drove thousands of African-Americans from the city. There was news in Springfield, Illinois about a white woman being assaulted by a black man. Soon after, a similar incident happened. These incidents happened one after another with just hours in between. An angry mob of whites soon formed in response. Two African-American men, Joe James and George Richardson, were said to be guilty in committing these crimes and the mob showed up to the Sangamon County Courthouse to lynch the two men. This resulted in the destruction of many minority owned businesses. In response, a group of white New York City liberals gathered a collection of prominent Americans with the goal of forming a Civil

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