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Text Analysis: Chicago 1919 Riot



The most frequently   appearing word in the corpus is negro. The frequency of negro highlights the name to denote persons considered to be of Black/African American heritage.  Basing the language on the readings in Lesson 6, I would say it is what was expected being that this is a term that was used when reporting or referring to Blacks.

      • Listed below are tables of the 5 most frequent words that were in my collection of documents as well as a table for each of the three documents with 5 of the most distinctive words in the 3 documents

The most frequently used words are what I expected them to be due to terms that were used during this time.  Th distinctive words that are listed in the tables are terms that could be used when reporting on a riot in the newspaper. The documents did contain OCR words, so using Voyant, I was able to add those words to the “stopwords” list so that they will no longer be shown.






Reading the article street was another term that was talked about  throughout the three articles due to the newspaper reporting on the cite of killings and or where rioting was taking place.


Another distinctive term appearing frequently in the article is school.  School was used across two sourced as a description of the school and education between Black and whites. The term was used as reporting on Blacks using dilapidated  churches, which not equipped with the proper learning environment and teachers having little to no education.  The meaning seems to have the same meaning throughout the articles it is used in.



Analyze a Race Riot

The dimensions that I feel mostly defined the events of my racial disorder would be trigger, the article talks about the killing of a fourteen-year-old African American male, Eugene Williams, and how he was struck in the head by a rock causing him to drown due to being on the wrong side of the lake while rafting, owned by whites. Another trigger would be when the surviving boys identifying the white male who caused the drowning and nothing happening to him. The lack of police action ignited the city’s factions already fraught with racial tension. In addition to Eugene Williams death, multiple other causative factors are attributed to the violent outbreak, including increased African American migration from the rural South.

The label that best describes my riot would of the label “race riot” race riot is defined as an outbreak of violence between two racial groups, and pogrom defined as an organized brutal/violent massacre of a particular ethic group. As already mentioned, the death of the fourteen-year-old caused race riots between blacks and whites that lasted five days. The unjust of those who caused the death of the teen caused an even more uproar. When word spread of the Black youth’s death and the favoritism of the police, Blacks came to the beach but were thwarted by rock-hurling whites, the races clashed yet again, hitting each other with rocks, which resulted in a black man firing a gun and injuring an officer, the man was shot and killed by a Black officer, which the much studied riot gained velocity at this point. On July 27, a gang attacked at least twenty-seven blacks; some of them were beaten and some were shot.



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