Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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The ongoing political dynamics found in the city of Evansville, Indiana, have long been fertile ground for historians whose research has produced a number of academic books, chapters, and articles about the city’s political nature. One dramatic political occurrence, the Evansville Bingo Riot of 1945, however, has been oddly ignored by labor scholars. This study examines this overlooked disturbance, finding it a result of a set of unique social, political, and personal dynamics.