The descriptions of participants and events in the 1917 East St. Louis riot carried messages about biases. Lou W. Robinson argues that even descriptions of the ways African American women were dressed at the time conveyed biases that sought to question the morals and respectability of women living in East St. Louis at the time.
Robinson, Lou W.
"What Not to Wear to a Riot: Fashioning Race, Class, and Gender Respectability Amidst Racial Violence,"
The Confluence (2009-2020): Vol. 9
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/confluence_2009/vol9/iss1/4