U.S. History

"Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America"

Cameron McWhirter

About the Program

Cameron McWhirter, staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, recounts the violence against African Americans that erupted throughout the United States from April to November 1919, deemed Red Summer.  The author reports that following World War I, African American soldiers returned to the United States with expectations of full citizenship only to be met by a backlash, which took hundreds of lives.   Mr. McWhorter recounts the riots that broke out from Connecticut to California and the resistance by African Americans, a precursor to the Civil Rights movement.  Cameron McWhirter speaks at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. 

About the Authors

Cameron McWhirter

Cameron McWhirter is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal; he formerly worked for The Detroit News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  For more information, visit cameronmcwhirter.com.


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"Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America"

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Past Airings

  • Tuesday, December 27th at 2am (ET)
  • Monday, December 26th at 2pm (ET)
  • Monday, November 7th at 7am (ET)
  • Sunday, September 18th at 3:30am (ET)
  • Saturday, September 17th at 8am (ET)
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