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The Great War: Lessons from the Camp Logan Riots Still Echo Today

(Above: Headlines from the Houston Press following the 1917 Camp Logan Riots. Image Courtesy: Texas State Historical Association) This week (April 10-12, 2017), Houston Public Media TV 8 is airing The Great War, a three-part documentary on World War I from the series American Experience. The film coincides with the 100th anniversary of America entering […]

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(Above: Headlines from the Houston Press following the 1917 Camp Logan Riots. Image Courtesy: Texas State Historical Association)

This week (April 10-12, 2017), Houston Public Media TV 8 is airing The Great War, a three-part documentary on World War I from the series American Experience. The film coincides with the 100th anniversary of America entering the war.

Featured in the series is the story of an infamous event that happened in Houston in 1917: the Camp Logan Riots. To learn more, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, an associate professor of history at Duke University. She told him about the riots and their legacy today.

  • The court martial of 64 members of the 24th Infantry on trial for mutiny and murder of 17 people in Houston on Aug. 23, 1917 during the Camp Logan Riots. The trial was held  at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. (Photo Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Wikipedia Commons)
    The court martial of 64 members of the 24th Infantry on trial for mutiny and murder of 17 people in Houston on Aug. 23, 1917 during the Camp Logan Riots. The trial was held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. (Photo Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Wikipedia Commons)
  • The entrance to Camp Logan, near present-day Memorial Park, circa 1917.
    The entrance to Camp Logan, near present-day Memorial Park, circa 1917.
  • A historical marker at the former location of Camp Logan, near present-day Memorial Park. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A historical marker at the former location of Camp Logan, near present-day Memorial Park. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Headlines from the Houston Press following the 1917 Camp Logan Riots. (Photo Credit: Texas State Historical Association)
    Headlines from the Houston Press following the 1917 Camp Logan Riots. (Photo Credit: Texas State Historical Association)

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