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The Ground Breaking

An American City and Its Search for Justice

by Scott Ellsworth

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The Ground Breaking by  Scott Ellsworth
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    May 2021, 336 pages

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Following up his account of the Tulsa Race Massacre in Death in a Promised Land, Scott Ellsworth recounts the city's subsequent coverup and the contemporary pursuit of justice and closure.

While there has been a concerted effort in recent years to educate the nation about what happened during the Tulsa Race Massacre from May 31-June 1, 1921, the search for the whole truth, including the location of many of the victims' remains, has been an arduous process. In Death in a Promised Land (1992), Scott Ellsworth, a Tulsa, Oklahoma native and current professor of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan, detailed the events of the massacre. In The Ground Breaking, he explores the history of the aftermath, from the official and unofficial coverup to the quest to bring the events to the light of day.

The book is divided into three sections. Part One briefly recounts the events of May 31-June 1, 1921. The massacre started when a mob of white men, spurred on by false reports that a Black man assaulted a white woman, attempted to storm the Tulsa Courthouse ...

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