Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘1919’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title 1919 by Eve L. Ewing. Watch Eve L. Ewing read from 1919 in the video below and view her post-reading interview on YouTube »

“I became very curious about why I did not know more about this event [the race riots of the Red Summer] in my city’s history. The more I learned about it, the more I saw the parallels with the century in which we find ourselves now. And the more I became convinced that this event was a culminating seminal event in establishing racial boundaries that we now very much take for granted in cities like Chicago.”

—Eve L. Ewing, author of 1919, on learning about the summer of 1919
Middle School Services Librarian Beronica holding 1919

About the title

Here’s why Middle School Services Librarian Beronica recommends it:

“1919 is a definite must-read! Author Eve L. Ewing chronicles the nefarious ‘Red Summer’ race riots, a topic often overlooked in school history. She intertwines snippets of The Negro in Chicago: A Study on Race Relations and a Race Riot, her own stylish poetry, and black-and-white images from the time period. In less than 100 pages, Ewing leaves readers feeling uncomfortable but aware of often unspoken accounts (such as the unfortunate deaths of Eugene Williams and Emmett Till). This quick read makes it clear that history is full of trauma; however, it is imperative to know the truth.”

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Print formats available: book

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About the author

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection 1919 and the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. Her first book, the poetry collection Electric Arches, received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year’s best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also currently writes the Champions series for Marvel Comics and previously wrote the acclaimed Ironheart series, as well as other projects. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Learn more about the author »

1919 book discussions & teaching guide

Want to discuss 1919 with your tweens or teens? Check out the 1919 Teaching Guide (pdf) »

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Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration.

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