Fight for Rights: The Chicago 1919 Riots and the Struggle for Black Justice

Monday, August 11, The Riot Ends

Monday, August 11, two weeks after Eugene Williams drowned, Adj. General Dickson declared that Chicago’s race riots were finally over. Dickson headed back to his office in Springfield.

The Chicago Daily News seized the opportunity to once again praise the work done by the “citizen soldiers” of the National Guard, those “business men who put aside their own pressing affairs in order to serve their fellow citizens in a critical moment.”

“Seldom,” the paper added, “has there been a better demonstration of the willingness of the plain American citizen to make his individual sacrifice for the public good….”

That morning, as other, less celebrated workers returned to the stockyards, the police department remained worried. Alcock warned police captains that they would need to keep reserves ready for several weeks “until all possibility of further race troubles” was at an end. Garrity announced that he would not withdraw police officers from the stockyards because they were still needed to guard against the risk of renewed violence, but Louis Swift of Swift & Co. waved those cautions aside, assuring the Chicago Daily News that conditions were “normal again in Packingtown.” 

And with that, Chicago's two weeks of riots came to an end.

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