Carnival of Fury: Robert Charles and the New Orleans Race Riot of 1900

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Louisiana State University Press, 1976 - New Orleans (La.) - 216 pages
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One July week in 1900 an obscure black laborer named Robert Charles drew national headlines when he shot twenty-seven whites -- including seven policemen -- in a series of encounters with the New Orleans police. After the shootings, Charles became an instant hero among some blacks, but to most people he remained a mysterious and sinister figure who had promoted a "back-to-Africa" movement. Few knew anything about his early life. This biography of Charles follows him from childhood in a Mississippi sharecropper's cabin to his violent death on New Orleans's Saratoga Street.

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