By now you have probably heard about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Also called the Greenwood Massacre, it took place over a 24 hour period in a wealthy sector of Tulsa that was primarily home to People of Color. By the end of the devastating night, over 10,000 Black residents were left homeless after their homes and businesses were burned. Some estimates say the death toll was between 75-300. And yet, it’s not a part of American History that we often hear about in class.
Although Jennifer Latham’s Dreamland Burning is a work of fiction, she did an incredible job of researching the Massacre and laying out the terror and violence involved. In a dual time-frame narrative, Latham tells the story of Rowan a modern Tulsa resident who finds a skeleton buried on her family’s property and Will Tillman whose choices lead him into the middle of the firestorm, but who strives to do the right thing.
This book is fast paced, absorbing, and very timely in looking at America’s history with race, privilege, violence and responsibility. It received multiple starred reviews when it was released and is definitely a must read for those looking to learn about the Massacre.
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