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  • The Elaine Conspiracy – Today In Southern History

    30 September 1919 

    On this date in 1919…

    Socialist agitators incited a plot that resulted in a race riot in Elaine, Arkansas that killed as many as 250 people. The Elaine Riots were part of several incidents that made up the “Red Summer” of 1919.

    Other Years:

    1924 – Author Truman Capote was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    1962 – Federal Marshalls backed by 3,000 federal troops invaded Ole Miss and used terror and excessive force to enforce an integration order and enroll James Lee Meredith. Their actions caused days of violent riots.
    1992 – Western Virginia native George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels. 

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