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Cincinnati Riot of 1836

On July 30, 1836 a mob attacked black residents after destroying the printing press of an abolitionist newspaper called The Philanthropist. White Cincinnatians objected to the newspaper’s message and presence. Some claimed that it inspired indignation among African American residents; others claimed that it deterred Southerners from vacationing in the city during the summer months. The riot worsened Cincinnati’s already poor race relations.

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