224 Pages In the early morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob marched across the train tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and into its predominantly Black Greenwood District – a thriving, affluent neighborhood known as America’s Black Wall Street. They 2 brought with them firearms, gasoline, and explosives. In a few short hours, they’d razed thirty-five square blocks to the ground, leaving hundreds dead. The Tulsa Race Massacre is one of the most devastating acts of racial violence in U.S. history. There are several questions the award-winning author seeks to answer in this nonfiction account of the Tulsa Race Massacre. In examining the tension that was brought to a boil by many factors – white resentment of Black economic and political advancement, the resurgence of white supremacist groups, the tone and perspective of the media, and more – a portrait is drawn of an event singular in it devastation, but not in its kind. It is part of a legacy of white violence that can be traced from our country’s earliest days through Reconstruction, the Civil Rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, and the fight for justice and accountability Black Americans still face today. The Tulsa Race Massacre has long failed to fit into the story Americans like to tell themselves about the history of their country. This book explores the ways in which the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre is the story of America – and by showing us who we are, points to a way forward.