Chapter

The Summer of Unrest: 1964

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away

Third edition

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231027
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0012
The Summer of Unrest: 1964

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The summer of 1964 was a not a safe or a peaceful one. To say that the situation was getting deep would be an understatement. In all the big cities of America, black people were taking to the streets. They watched the television as Harlem went up in flames and heard reports of mass looting. The effects of national events in Allen Jones's household and in his neighborhood was mixed. His mother was against all forms of violence. The reality of the world, as leaders like Malcolm X saw and described it, was having an effect on a lot of idealistically thinking brothers in their neighborhood. While not everyone agreed that the white man was the devil, many people did agree with Malcolm that America had had it in for black people from the very beginning of their history and that nothing was going to change until they took matters into their own hands.

Keywords: summer of 1964; black people; Harlem; mass looting; Allen Jones; violence; Malcolm X; white man; America

Chapter.  2828 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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