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Watts Riots August 11 to 17, 1965.Police arrest a man during the Watts riots. My family and I left for a planned trip to Houston,Texas the night the Watts Riots began. When we returned home we found that the riot had progressed within blocks of our home.

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The Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion) took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965. The six-day riot resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. It was the most severe riot in the city's history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

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watts riot on life cover

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Aftermath of the Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion). A race riot that took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965. The six-day unrest resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. It was the most severe riot in the city's history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

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Incredibly well dressed black guys rocking the preppy Miles Davis look in Watts, LA from Life Magazine's 1966 coverage of the previous year's Watts riots / via highwatersinhell.wordpress.com

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In the summer of 1965, riots broke out in the Watts neighborhood of southern Los Angeles. Over a six-day period, 34 people were killed, 1,032 injured and over

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L.A. COLLECTION:Watts Riots Looter is Shot by Police (1965) Photo by William Reagh

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The Dapper Rebels of Los Angeles, 1966

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Soldiers of California's 40th Armored Division direct traffic away from an area of South Central Los Angeles burning during the Watts riot, August 11-17, 1965. Whole city blocks were gutted by arson and mob set fires that the fire department was powerless to control due to sniper attacks

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On August 11, 1965, LA's Watts Riots began in reaction to the arrest of a Black man for drunk driving, triggering days of rampage that damaged or destroyed more than 600 buildings and cost 34 lives. Proposition 14, overwhelmingly passed in 1964, banned attempts to desegregate housing and added to the desperation felt by many of LA's 650,000 African Americans, as racial equality was all but nonexistent and housing strictly segregated.

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