The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: Urban Rebellion in America

November 1, 2020
The Long, Hot Summer of 1967: Urban Rebellion in America

It seemed at times during the 1960s that America was caught inan unending cycle of violence and disorder. Successive summers from1964-1968 brought waves of urban unrest, street fighting, looting,and arson to black communities in cities from Florida to Wisconsin,Maryland to California. In some infamous cases like Watts (1965),Newark (1967), and Detroit (1967), the turmoil lasted for days onend and left devastation in its wake: entire city blocks werereduced to burnt-out ruins and scores of people were killed orinjured mainly by police officers and National Guardsmen as theybattled to regain control. This book takes the pivotal year of 1967as its focus and sets it in the context of the long, hot summers toprovide new insights into the meaning of the riots and theirlegacy. It offers important new findings based on extensiveoriginal archival research, including never-before-seen, formerlyembargoed and classified government documents and newly releasedofficial audio recordings.