Rage in the Gate City: The Story of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot
In September 1906, triggered by sensational newspaper accounts accusing black men of sexually assaulting white women, Atlanta’s simmering racial tension exploded. Over four days of rioting, mobs of violent whites killed at least 10 blacks, looted black-owned businesses, and ransacked homes and neighborhoods. In the days immediately following the riot, black and white leade...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Clerisy Press, Emmis Books
(first published 2006)
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This is a "must read" for anyone unfamiliar with the 1906 Atlanta race riots. Rebecca Burns is a respected journalist...and that might be why this book reads more like a newspaper article than a novel. I wish she had chosen a more story-telling-like style, but the impact of the events can still be felt with her straightforward approach.
This attempt at a narrative nonfiction is at times choppy and leaves you wanting more. But the journalistic style keeps the facts of Atlanta's troubled racial past at the forefront and is an important contribution to telling the full story of American history.