Race Riots 1906

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Hernandez 1 The causes of the Atlanta race riots of 1906 Nydia Elise Hernandez
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Georgia History Dr. Parker 6 Nov 2009
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Hernandez 3 Mark Bauerlein, Negrophobia a race riot in Atlanta 1906 (San Francisco: Encounter, 2001) The Atlanta race riot of 1906 led to the death of over a dozen blacks, many injuries, and insurmountable damage to property as well as to the name of Atlanta. In the years leading up to the riot Georgia seemed to be heading away from segregation and troubled times, but then a mass hysteria and other concerns led to the acting out against blacks. There were numerous social, political, and economic contributors that caused this reaction. The white population, mainly men, wanted to protect the chastity of their women, protect their white supremacy, and to prevent the equality of blacks politically, socially, and economically. The black population was making many gains, in the community, since the reconstruction era but at the same time their gains were causing much strife to the whites. According to the whites these so called strife’s the blacks were causing had to stop, which led to the eruption of the riot. During this time there were a growing number of assaults on white women by black men. This outraged the white male community and led to hysteria for white women. There have been many reported cases where a black man has attempted to assault or rape white women and young girls. Even though it seems most of these accusations were false they were very important to the white community and caused major problems for the black community. One example of these rape and assault cases is the case of Mrs. Kimmel. Mrs. Kimmel was in her backyard doing laundry when she was surprised by a black man asking for some water. The black male then proceeded to tackle her, started ripping off her clothing, and assaulted her. There were many other cases that are very similar to this one. These types of cases would always bring out the worst in a community. The white men would “gather in groups and discuss the situation, stating what are we going to do about it? . .. And the emphatic statement “Something must be done’.” (145). Many mobs of vigilantes and lynching parties would congregate and go on searching
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