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The Rosewood MassacreAn Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence$
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Edward González-Tennant

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056784

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056784.001.0001

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Development and Demise of Rosewood

Development and Demise of Rosewood

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(p.19) 2 Development and Demise of Rosewood
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The Rosewood Massacre
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Edward González-Tennant

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056784.003.0002

Chapter 2 presents a history of Rosewood beginning with a brief overview of previous research into the town’s past. Most of the research takes place in response to a statewide conversation in the early and mid-1990s. Growing media attention encouraged Floridians to grapple with the meaning of Rosewood’s destruction in the past and present. The attention encouraged the state legislature to compensate the survivors and descendants of the massacre; that compensation represents the primary example of reparations granted to African Americans in the United States. To better understand the events of 1923, Florida’s state legislature commissioned a group of historians to investigate and write a concise history of the town and its destruction. The resulting report, based on four months of research, remains the authoritative treatment of the 1923 riot. The report, a few articles, a popular book, and a Hollywood movie all contribute to public knowledge and representations of Rosewood. González-Tennant’s overview of Rosewood’s history adds to previous research by offering a comprehensive look at similar events in American history. González-Tennant contextualizes Rosewood within broader social trends beginning in the eighteenth century and continuing until today.

Keywords:   Rosewood, survivors, descendants, reparations, African Americans, United States, Florida’s state legislature, social trends

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