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The Burning (Young Readers Edition): Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921



by
Tim Madigan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
ISBN
9781250787699
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Hate Crimes , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Crime: Punishment/Execution , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Violence: Death , Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion
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A powerful middle-grade adaptation of The Burning, the true story of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre.

In 1921, a white mob murdered hundreds of citizens and decimated the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

With chilling details, humanity, and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction, The Burning recreates the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explores the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its Black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population, narrates events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation, and documents the subsequent silence that surrounded this great tragedy. Delving into history that's long been pushed aside, much like Hidden Figures, In the Shadow of Liberty, and Claudette Colvin, this is the true story of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre, adapted for young readers.Introduction by Hilary Beard. Author’s note. Chapter notes. Source notes. Resources. Index.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Hate Crimes , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Crime: Punishment/Execution , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Violence: Death , Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

976.6

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Tulsa Race Massacre, 1921. Twentieth-century history of Tulsa, Oklahoma. African Americans. African American neighborhoods. Riots. Violence. Racism. Race relations. Greenwood (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Twentieth-century US history. Reparations. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up–Eye-opening and immersive, this book is essential antiracist reading. Written by Madigan and adapted by Beard for young readers, this in-depth work of narrative nonfiction peels back the layers of the burning and massacre of Greenwood, a 35-block part of Tulsa, OK, in 1921. Also known as “Black Wall Street,” Greenwood was a bustling, thriving community of Black Americans that became the target of white racist rage, violence, and destruction after a Black 19-year-old named Dick Rowland was accused of accosting a white 17-year-old named Sarah Page. Madigan and Beard weave together a complex history of the setting, beginning with enslavement times, and by peppering the chapters with perspectives of victims and survivors. These personal stories sometimes get bogged down in the depth of history that is required to set the stage for the unfolding of the deadliest domestic outbreak of violence since the Civil War. Upwards of 300 deaths, $50–$100 million in damages in today’s dollars, over 1,000 homes burned, and dozens of businesses looted and torched: the reader is asked to grapple with the ­virulent racism of the times, which still plays out in Tulsa’s systemic injustices today. As Beard notes in the introduction, readers, especially Black youth, should take caution when reading about lynching, mobs, and massacre. ­VERDICT Though the work is at times weighty and narratively dense, confronting this history is the only way we can move forward to a just, antiracist ­future. Recommended.–­Jamie Winchell, Percy ­Julian M.S., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up–Eye-opening and immersive, this book is essential antiracist reading. Written by Madigan and adapted by Beard for young readers, this in-depth work of narrative nonfiction peels back the layers of the burning and massacre of Greenwood, a 35-block part of Tulsa, OK, in 1921. Also known as “Black Wall Street,” Greenwood was a bustling, thriving community of Black Americans that became the target of white racist rage, violence, and destruction after a Black 19-year-old named Dick Rowland was accused of accosting a white 17-year-old named Sarah Page. Madigan and Beard weave together a complex history of the setting, beginning with enslavement times, and by peppering the chapters with perspectives of victims and survivors. These personal stories sometimes get bogged down in the depth of history that is required to set the stage for the unfolding of the deadliest domestic outbreak of violence since the Civil War. Upwards of 300 deaths, $50–$100 million in damages in today’s dollars, over 1,000 homes burned, and dozens of businesses looted and torched: the reader is asked to grapple with the ­virulent racism of the times, which still plays out in Tulsa’s systemic injustices today. As Beard notes in the introduction, readers, especially Black youth, should take caution when reading about lynching, mobs, and massacre. ­VERDICT Though the work is at times weighty and narratively dense, confronting this history is the only way we can move forward to a just, antiracist ­future. Recommended.–­Jamie Winchell, Percy ­Julian M.S., IL

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