The Atlanta Riot: Race, Class, and Violence in a New South City / Edition 1

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Overview

"Gregory Mixon traces the roots of the Atlanta riot of 1906, exploring the intricate political, social, and urban conditions that led to one of the defining events of race relations in southern and African-American history. On September 22, 1906, several thousand white Atlantans rioted, ostensibly because they believed that black men had committed "repeated assaults on the white women of Fulton County," according to contemporary newspaper accounts. Four days after the massacre began, thirty-two people had died and seventy were wounded." "Mixon also documents the activism of the city's black elite, especially professors and administrators at Atlanta University, including W. E. B. Du Bois and John Hope, and ministers, most notably Rev. Henry Hugh Proctor. While they defended all blacks against notions of racial inferiority and worked to improve the lives of the poor and uneducated of both races, they nonetheless criticized members of the black working class for "irregular" work habits and "destructive" use of their leisure hours." Looking at both white and black issues in the growth of Atlanta, Mixon establishes a context for racial violence in the city, the state, and the region. He also raises broader questions of conflicting agendas among whites and blacks, which defined labor, politics, and urban space in the New South.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813027876
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Southern Dissent Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Mixon, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is the author of articles published in Georgia Historical Quarterly, Journal of Negro History, and Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : white elite control, black urban mobility, and working white women 7
1 Atlanta : the city of progress 13
2 "If folks don't treat me right" : Atlanta's white working classes 27
3 African Americans in Atlanta 38
4 "Sowing dragon's teeth" : Watson, Hardwick, and progressive reform, 1904-1906 53
5 "The seeds of incendiarism" : the gubernatorial campaign of 1905-1906 64
6 The summer of 1906 73
7 Riot 85
8 "Off the streets" 101
9 Reconstruction : the illusion of hope 116
Conclusion : urbanization, segregation, and violence 128
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