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Will Mack is a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University and will receive his MA in United States history in the spring of 2018.  Will plans on advancing to a doctoral program in the fall of 2019 to focus on African American history, the civil rights movement, radicalism, the development of the carceral state, and labor history in the US.  Will received his BA in history from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1999 and grew up in New York City.

Grand Rapids Uprising (1967)

Grand Rapids Uprising, 1967 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1967 Grand Rapids Uprising occurred on July 25, 1967 in a predominantly black and impoverished neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The uprising came only days after the much larger uprising in Detroit, Michigan but a post-riot official report titled … Read MoreGrand Rapids Uprising (1967)

Hunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising (1966)

Women Flee the Hunter’s Point Riot Area, 1966 Image Ownership: Public domain The Hunter’s Point Uprising in 1966 began September 27 and lasted for three days.  At that time, it was the largest riot in San Francisco, California since the anti-Chinese riots almost 90 years earlier.  The uprising began when police … Read MoreHunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising (1966)

Chicago, Illinois Uprising (1966)

Temporary Swimming Pool Installed on Chicago’s West Side in the Aftermath of the Chicago Uprising Image Ownership: Public domain The 1966 Chicago, Illinois uprising, also known as the West Side Riot, began on July 12 after police and African American youth clashed over the youth opening fire … Read MoreChicago, Illinois Uprising (1966)

Elizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)

Two Elizabeth Policemen Arrest a Black Teenager During the Elizabeth Riot, August 12, 1964 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1964 Elizabeth, New Jersey uprising lasted from August 11 to 13.  The three-day uprising occurred simultaneously with a separate clash in nearby Paterson, New Jersey and both, according to the … Read MoreElizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)

New Orleans Dockworkers Riot (1894-1895)

Newspaper Account of the Dockworkers Riot, 1895 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1895 New Orleans Dockworkers Riot was a racially motivated attack on non-union black dockworkers by white dockworkers and their sympathizers.  The riot occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana from March 9 through 12, 1895 and marked the end … Read MoreNew Orleans Dockworkers Riot (1894-1895)

Paterson, New Jersey Uprising (1964)

Image Ownership: Public domain The 1964 Paterson, New Jersey uprising lasted from August 11 to 14.   The uprising occurred simultaneously with a separate uprising in nearby Elizabeth, New Jersey and both, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), were the consequence of the larger uprisings in New York … Read MorePaterson, New Jersey Uprising (1964)