1906 race riots

1906 race riots

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  • Atlanta race riots started on September 22 and ended on September 24, only 2 days. The riot was caused because of tensions during the reconstruction, job competition a the fact that blacks could vote. 
  • Since the black middle class had grown whites did not like that. Whites started to see black men as threats to white women. On September 22 there were 4 cases of sexual assault by black men on white women. The day after a white mob formed that went through black neighborhoods and assaulted black men and destroyed there businesses.  The state militia was called in and broke it up, but not all white people listened. 
  • After the riots were over there were about 25 to 40 black killed but only 2 whites. But many were inured and many businesses were destroyed. After the riots blacks became more racially isolated. 
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