Detroit Riots

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DetroitApril Woodson
4 February 2013
Newspaper analysis
Tara Saunders

Race riot in Detroit (June 20, 1943)

The Detroit Riots, an article from The Chicago daily tribune was published three days after the riots. It talks more about the aftermath of the riots, after troops were ordered in and how it portrays the United States to the international community. The tone the article takes on is almost shameful and gives the vibe that not only should Detroit be embarrassed by the United States as a whole because the riots did spark racial tension in other cities like Los Angelas as well. Though the article is short the intensions of the message are very clear as it reads, “…the race riots which had brought deep disgrace upon that community came to an abrupt end…an important lesson to be drawn by the American people from this ugly incident…relations between the races in America have improved but we still have far to go before the problem can be regarded as solved. The advocates of super governments are asking us to believe that what we have not yet succeeded in accomplishing in America can be achieved with the stroke of a pen on an international treaty” (pg 1). Though the article is on the front page of this particular tribune issue, the location of the article in the newspaper gives one the impression that the riots are now a thing of the past. We know this because the article was published three days after the event and its proceeded by an article about control of rabies.

The second article titled “F.D.R. for Troops in Detroit” which was also published by the Chicago tribune was written two days after the riots and it seems as though its attacking Roosevelt’s decisions to call upon the militia to help stop the riots or explain the reasoning being doing so. He does give the crowd a chance to disperse before he sends out the troops, “Now, therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, do hereby command all persons engaged in said unlawful...
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