People Wasnt Made to Burn

People Wasnt Made to Burn In 1947, James Hickman Shot And Killed The Landlord He Believed Was Responsible For A Tragic Fire That Took The Lives Of Four Of His Children On Chicago S West Side But A Vibrant Defense Campaign, Exposing The Working Poverty And Racism That Led To His Crime, Helped Win Hickman S Freedom.With A True Crime Writer S Eye For Suspense And A Historian S Depth Of Knowledge, Joe Allen Unearths Thecompelling Story Of A Campaign That Stood Up To Jim Crow Well Before The Modern Civil Rights Movement Had Even Begun.As Deteriorating Housing Conditions And An Accelerating Foreclosure Crisis Combine To Form A Hauntingly Similar Set Of Circumstances To Those That Led To The Hickman Case, Allen S Book Restores To Prominence A Previously Unknown Story With Profound Relevance Today. Great book I knew the gist of the hickman story for awhile but was very pleased with the depth and vividness of the characters and the situations that joe allen brings to the story additionally he draws out the tragic intersection between racism and extreme exploitation which lead not only to the death of the hickman children but, as he points out, countless other men, women and children living in substandard housing throughout chicago well worth reading even if you know the hickman story alr Great book I knew the
One of the things I loved about reading this book in public places was how so many people stopped and asked me about it, which prompted discussions about race, class, and housing which are all too releva
Non fiction account of a long forgotten episode in Chicago History In 1947, Black migration to Chicago from the south was huge but strict housing segregation meant that newly arriving Blacks were stuffed into tiny, converted spaces, often without running water, at grossly inflated prices.Mr Hickman who worked at US Steel moved his family into the attic of one such building However, a tenant activist began demanding repairs, so the landlord burned down the building, killing four of the Hick
A very engaging read I liked Joe Allen s narrative style, which made the story flow smoothly He explains background where it is needed, making sure the reader understands the background of all the main players T
This book should be read by all who love Chicago The author gave us a side of racism and the effects of Red Lining during the early part of the 20th century until the civil rights movement A sad history but in the end uplifting Interesting piece of Chicago history that we all should know Race relations in Chicago have always been tense It is one of the most segregated cities in America This book recounts the story of how race played a major role in the housing situation in Chicago and just how terribly poor Black families were treated They were forced to live in deplorable, dilapidated conditions by slum lords who only wanted rent money and often sought other ways to make money without improving the housing they provide
Recounts an incredible story of an African American man, James Hickman, who shot and killed his landlord after the landlord allegedly set a fire that killed four of Hickman s children Because of an amazing grassroots campaign in Hickman s defense, he served only a few months in jail and received two years probation In addition to telling a truly astounding story which has no easy moral to it that has been mostly forgotten over the past few decades, the book gives explicit personal detail abo Recounts an incredible story of an African American man, James Hickman, who shot and killed his landlord after the landlord allegedly set a fire that killed four of Hickman s children Because of an amazing grassroots campaign in Hickman s defense, he served only a few months in jail and received two years probation In addition to telling a truly astounding story which has no easy moral to it that has been mostly forgotten over the past few decades, the book gives explicit personal detail about the kind of living conditions African Americans were forced to endure in mid 20th century Chicago and, as Allen argues in the book s final chapter, today because of racist housing policy and practice in the black metropolis The story itself is excellent and the book was a quick read 200 pages ,
This book is not so much about the actions taken by James Hickman as it is about racial tensions in Chicago just after WWII and the poor living conditions that many African Americans in the city faced It is an interesting and tragic story I did spend most of the book thinking that the living conditions for poor families have not really improved much since 1947 The author s epilogue highlights this as well by discussing a current case with similar issues I would have liked to know what happen This book is not so much about the actions taken by James Hickman as it is about racial tensions in Chicago just after WWII and the poor living conditions that many African Americans in the city faced It is an interesting and tragic story I did spend most of the book thinking that the living conditions for poor families have not really improved much since 1947 The author s epilogue h
A tragic story about James Hickman who lost his four young children in a 1947 fire and then, months later, was on trial for murdering the man who he thought set the fire The microhistory takes a look at the slum like conditions in Chicago in the 1940s, esp among African Americans who suffered the consequences of living in apts with no running water, electricity, or fire escapes Oddly enough the author Joe Allen did pick a cae that gained national attention but did not reform housing in C A tragic story about James Hickman who lost his four young children in a 1947 fi

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  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • People Wasnt Made to Burn
  • Joe Allen
  • English
  • 11 March 2019
  • 1608461262