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this day in the yesteryear: The Watts Riots Begin (1965)


The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

As Los Angeles, California, became a hub for the production of munitions and supplies during World War II, thousands of African Americans moved to the city to work. Massive suburban growth in Los Angeles after the war, however, created or exacerbated a variety of urban problems. In 1965, the African-American community of Watts was the site of six days of race rioting that left 34 people dead and caused extensive property damage. What happened on the evening of August 11 to trigger the riots? More… Discuss

WORD: BILLET


billet 

Definition: (verb) Provide housing for (military personnel).
Synonyms: cantonquarter
Usage: The citizens who were forced to billet soldiers in their own private homes were understandably irritated by the imposition.Discuss.

 

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