Anti-black riot in Atlanta

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Historical Context Note

The Atlanta Race Riot began on the evening of the 22nd of September, 1906 when unsubstantiated and provocative reports of assaults on white women by black men appeared in the local papers. These reports fed upon the tensions that already existed in Atlanta, where whites blamed blacks for job competition and resented the increasing political power of the black population, who had gained the vote. Thousands of white men gathered in a mob and began attacking property owned by blacks and violently assaulting black men and women. Between 25 and 40 African Americans were killed in the 3 days of rioting that followed.

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