7 Horrifying Massacres only happened in the USA

Human brutality can be seen in the words of history and on the newspaper pages, killing for rights and wrongs is going on since the ages. The United States is known for their great historic moments and democratic affairs but no one knows the horrifying massacres happened on the streets of the country. Howandwhys has made the top 7 lists of the 7 Horrifying Massacres only happened in the USA.

7. The Greenwood Massacre

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The Tulsa race riot was a large-scale, racially motivated pogrom on May 31 and June 1, 1921, in which a group of whites attacked the black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Greenwood District which was the wealthiest black community living in the United States was burned to the ground. Over the period of 16 hours, more than 800 people were admitted to local white hospitals with injuries, nearly two hospitals were burned down, and the cops arrested and detained more than 6 thousand  black Greenwood residents at three local facilities. An estimated 10, thousands of blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire, resulting in over $26 million in damages. The official count of the dead by the Oklahoma Bureau of Vital Statistics was 36, but other estimates of black fatalities vary number from 55 to about 300s.


6.The Colfax Massacre (1873)

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The Colfax Massacre occurred on April 13, 1873. The battle-turned-massacre took place in the small town of Colfax, Louisiana as a clash between blacks and whites. The massacre took place against the backdrop of racial tensions following the hotly contested Louisiana governor’s race of 1872.  While the Republicans narrowly won the contest and retained control of the state, white Democrats, angry over the defeat, vowed revenge.  In Colfax Parish (county) as in other areas of the state, they organised a white militia to directly challenge a black state militia under the control of the governor. All told, approximately 150 African Americans were killed including 48 who were murdered after the battle. Only three whites were killed, and few were injured in the largely one-sided battle of Colfax.


5. The Lawrence Massacre

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Horrifying Massacres

In the early morning of August 21, 1863, William Clarke Quantrill and a band of over 4 hundred confederate soldiers rode into the small, sleepy town of Lawrence, Kansas. Though the band had marched that afternoon and into the night, no one had ridden to Lawrence to inform them of the impending attack. Barely anyone stirred at first as the rebels began to lay the town to waste: they set buildings on fire, broke into homes and stores and ransacked them, and, as people began to wake up, shot at innocent civilians who had not been warned of the attack. The raiders left by nightfall, leaving a wake of destruction behind them. All in all, over one hundred fifty Lawrence men were killed, leaving at least 80 women widows and 250 children fatherless. The cost of destruction is estimated to have been between $1 millions and $1.5 millions dollars or about $23 millions today.


4. The Bloody Island Massacre

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Horrifying Massacres

The Bloody Island Massacre (also called the Clear Lake Massacre) occurred on an island called Bo-no-poti, “Old Island”, at the north end of Clear Lake, Lake County, California on May 15, 1850.  A 1st Dragoons Regiment of the United States Cavalry contingent under General Nathaniel Lyon, who at that time was still a lieutenant, and Lieutenant J. W. Davison tried in vain to locate Augustine’s band to retaliate. Instead they came upon another group of Pomos on Bonopoti or Bloody Island and slaughtered almost the entire population of the island, including women and children. Some of those killed were relatives of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake and Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California. Estimates of the number of people killed on the island vary between 60 and 400. The army then killed 75 more Indians along the Russian River. One of the few Pomo survivors of the massacre was a 6-year-old girl named Ni’ka or Lucy Moore. She survived by hiding under the lake waters and breathing through a tule reed. Her descendants formed the Lucy Moore Foundation.


3. Sandy Hook massacre

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American schoolchildren were slaughtered in a hail of bullets after packing like sardines into a bathroom in a doomed bid to escape the murderous rampage of Newtown gunman Adam Lanza. Lanza murdered 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, using a rifle taken from his suburban mother’s legally acquired home defence arsenal. The 20-year-old killer wore yellow ear plugs that muffled the screams of his victims. After committing one of the country’s worst school massacres – in less than 11 minutes – he shot himself in the mouth. The massacre, just one in what was then a series of deadly shooting sprees across the United States, inspired a short-lived and ultimately failed drive to tighten American gun ownership rules.


2. Rosewood massacre a harrowing tale of racism

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On New Year’s Day 1923, white Sumner resident Fannie Taylor was bruised and beaten when her husband returned home. The Taylors were white, and the residents of Sumner were in near universal agreement that Fannie’s assailant was black.A crowd swelled in Sumner to find the “fugitive”, some from as far away as Gainesville, where the same day the Klu Klux Klan held a high-profile parade. Over the next seven days, gangs of hundreds delivered lynch mob justice to the once-affluent town of Rosewood.


1. Massacre At Wounded Knee, 1890

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Horrifying Massacres

The horrific massacre of innocents in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 was a tragedy of national and international proportions. The senseless, methodical killing of people just like us, in a place where they came to relax, was an affront to our humanity and civilisation. If we mean murder perpetrated by guns, the worst “mass shooting” in American history was the “Wounded Knee Massacre” in South Dakota, when 150-300 Native Americans were gunned down by the U.S. army in South Dakota. On December 29th, 1890, a regiment of 500+ American troops surrounded a group of Lakota on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and ordered them to surrender their weapons.Scores of men and escaping women and children were gunned down within minutes. The figures vary, but respected historians count close to 300 Lakotas murdered, while it is believed many of the 25 soldiers who were killed died from friendly fire due to the general mayhem.


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