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The Miami riot of 1980 : crossing the bounds

Author: Bruce Porter; Marvin Dunn
Publisher: Lexington, Mass. : Lexington Books, ©1984.
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On May 17, 1980, one of the ugliest incidents of racial violence in U.S. history rocked the city of Miami, and sent shock waves across the nation. On that date, an all-white jury acquitted five white police officers of charges of manslaughter in the death of black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. The verdict precipitated a riot by black residents of Liberty City and other Miami neighborhoods. Before order was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Porter, Bruce.
Miami riot of 1980.
Lexington, Mass. : Lexington Books, ©1984
(OCoLC)559867213
Online version:
Porter, Bruce.
Miami riot of 1980.
Lexington, Mass. : Lexington Books, ©1984
(OCoLC)607868773
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Porter; Marvin Dunn
ISBN: 0669076635 9780669076639 066909174X 9780669091748
OCLC Number: 10429949
Description: xiv, 206 pages, 1 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The past: a racial history of Miami: The creation of Liberty City; The Miami Riot of 1968; The 'rotten meat' riot of 1970; Miniriots in Dade County during the 1970s --
2. Prologue to the riot: McDuffie's death --
3. The riot: The Metro Justice Building; Sunday: the meeting at the Community Relations Board; Sunday night and Monday morning --
4. The police: The police reaction to the riot; Calling in the Guard; Gassing and shooting; Sniping; Fighting the fires --
5. Who rioted?: The arrestees; Three stages; Three rioters --
6. The damage: The looting of 7th Avenue; The dilemma of Black businesses; White businesses --
7. The aftermath: Prosecuting the rioters; The killers; Riot relief --
8. Crossing the bounds: Riot patterns; The violence --
9. Some reasons why: Black policemen; Black representation in government; Blacks in business; Why?
Responsibility: Bruce Porter, Marvin Dunn.

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On May 17, 1980, one of the ugliest incidents of racial violence in U.S. history rocked the city of Miami, and sent shock waves across the nation. On that date, an all-white jury acquitted five white police officers of charges of manslaughter in the death of black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. The verdict precipitated a riot by black residents of Liberty City and other Miami neighborhoods. Before order was restored three days later, eighteen people were dead. Eight of the victims were whites who had the misfortune to be driving through the riot area when the verdict was announced, and who were savagely beaten, stoned, stabbed, or burned to death by black rioters- while hundreds more looked passively on. In this vivid, shocking account, the authors trace the long, sordid history of race relations in Miami that preceded and in many ways foreordained the riot. From interviews, public reports, and census data, the authors dissect the riot in compelling, minute-by-minute detail, and examine the aftermath, when the devastated community began to pick up the pieces. -- Publisher description.

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