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Newark NY race riots....



Item # 564011

July 15, 1967

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, from Springfield, Massachusetts, dated July 15, 1967.

* Newark New Jersey NJ riots

This 36 page newspaper has a three column headline on the front page:

* 4 More Lose Lives In Stormy Newark

with related photo. (see)

Other news of the day. Minor spine wear, otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The unrest came to a head when two white Newark policemen arrested a black cabdriver, John W. Smith, for improperly passing them on 15th Avenue[4]. Smith was taken to the 4th Police Precinct, which was across the street from Hayes Homes, a large public housing project. Some residents of Hayes Homes said they saw an incapacitated Smith being dragged into the precinct, and a rumor was started that he had been killed while in police custody. In fact, Smith had been moved to a local hospital, treated and released.

Nevertheless, the rumor set off six days of riots, looting, violence, that led to the intervention of the State Police and the National Guard, ultimately leaving 26 people dead, 725 people injured, and close to 1,500 arrested. Property damage, largely the result of looting and the trashing of businesses on Springfield Avenue rather than fires, exceeded $10 million.

In an effort to contain the riots, every evening at 6 p.m. the Bridge Street and Jackson Street Bridges, both of which span the Passaic River between Newark and Harrison, were closed until the next morning.

The 1967 Plainfield riots occurred during the same period in Plainfield, New Jersey, a city about 18 miles southwest of Newark.

The long- and short-term causes of the riots are examined in the documentary film Revolution '67. The riots were depicted in the Philip Roth novel American Pastoral.

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