During the hot summer of 1906, anger simmered in Atlanta, a
city that outwardly savored its reputation as the Gate City of the
New South, a place where the races lived peacefully, if apart, and
everyone focused more on prosperity than prejudice. But racial
hatred came to the forefront during a heated political campaign,
and the city's newspapers fanned its flames with sensational
reports alleging assaults on white women by black men. The rage
erupted in late September, and, during one of the most brutal race
riots in the history of America, roving groups of whites attacked
and killed at least twenty-five blacks. After four days of
violence, black and white civic leaders came together in
unprecedented meetings that can be viewed either as concerted
public relations efforts to downplay the events or as setting the
stage for Atlanta's civil rights leadership half a century later.
Rage in the Gate City focuses on the events of August
and September 1906, offering readers a tightly woven narrative
account of those eventful days. Fast-paced and vividly detailed, it
brings history to life. As June Dobbs Butts writes in her foreword,
"For too long, this chapter of Atlanta's history was covered up, or
was explained away. . . . Rebecca Burns casts the bright light of
truth upon those events."
Subjects: History, Sociology
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