African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Editor's Note, "Atlanta's Shame" by Carrie Williams Clifford

Atlanta was subjected to three days of race riots in September 1906, triggered by reports in the mainstream (white-majority) newspapers) of assaults by blacks on white women. This led to the formation of white mobs, which for two night attacked black Atlantans and destroyed black-owned properties, with a slow and inadequate police response. On the third day, a group of armed black men organized at Brownsville to plan retaliation, but were arrested and their weapons confiscated after a brief shootout. More background here:

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