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Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 [Hardcover]

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Pages   337
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554236  
EAN  9781893554238  

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Atlanta was regarded as the gateway to the new, enlightened and racially progressive South. White business owners employed black workers and made their fortunes, while black leaders led congregations, edited periodicals, and taught classes. But in 1906, in a bitter gubernatorial contest, Georgia politicians played the race card and white supremacists trumpeted a "Negro crime" scare. Seizing on rumors of black predation against white women, they launched a campaign based on fears of miscegenation and white subservience. Atlanta slipped into a climate of racial phobia and sexual hysteria that culminated in a bloody riot, which stymied race relations for fifty years.

Drawing on new archival materials, Mark Bauerlein traces the origins, development and brutal climax of Atlanta's descent into hatred and violence in the fateful summer of 1906. "Negrophobia" is history at its best--a dramatic moment in time impeccably recreated in a suspenseful narrative, focusing on figures such as Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois; author Margaret Mitchell and future NAACP leader Walter White; and an assortment of black victims and white politicians who witnessed and participated in this American tragedy.

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More About Mark Bauerlein, Beth Coulton, Nathan Wragg, Jan Van Heurck, Krishna Winston, Chris Wilbert, Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Bauerlein is an English professor at Emory University. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (Encounter Books, 2001), The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardized Our Future (Tarcher, 2008) and The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking (Tarcher, 2011). His essays have appeared in PMLA, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, and Yale Review, and his commentaries and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, Reason magazine, and elsewhere.
Adam Bellow is vice president/executive editor at HarperCollins. He has also been an executive editor at Doubleday (Random House) and was formerly editorial director of The Free Press (Simon & Schuster). His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications. He is also author of In Praise of Nepotism: A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush (Anchor, 2004).

Mark Bauerlein currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.

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Good Read  Jan 30, 2007
I believe the author did an excellent job in painting the climate that initiated the white mob slaughter of the black population in 1906 in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal , other newspapers, and politicians are directly responsible for stroking racial hatred and white fear for black citizens.

People who say that the media doesn't have an influence on the mindset of the viewers are in absolute denial of the media's power to project images - positive or negative. Look at today's media and how they purposely demonize Black Americans. Images are powerful.

For black Americans there was/is no such thing as justice. It is "just us" justice. It was a painful book to read, but a must read.

I recommend it strongly.

Astoundingly good!  Jun 8, 2006
Scrupulously researched and well written "Negrophobia" is a gripping recount of the events prior to, during, and after Atlanta's 1906 Race Riot; a long neglected chapter of Atlanta's history. Bauerlein does an outstanding job of putting that era in context, especially the events in Georgia and Atlanta that led to, and created the environment for the riot. The race-baiting gubernatorial election of 1906, the rampant yellow journalism hyping black-on-white violence, and Thomas Dixon's "The Klansman" all play a part in creating the toxic brew. Bauerlein thankfully includes a Dramatis Personae at the front of the book so readers can keep central historical figures easily identifiable. The action is broken into four logically titled components: Prelude, Riot, Aftermath, and Epilogue. This simple elegant construction serves the native well, recreating the Atlanta of 1906, setting the riot in motion, and speaking of its aftermath. Bauerlein wisely lets the principals speak in their own words and betrays no bias towards or against anyone or anything, remaining a neutral voice leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions. Buerlein is unsparing in his recounting the events of the riot in a way that can send chills down your spine and this book isn't for faint-hearts, yet is not needlessly gory. The book fairly crackles with energy and drama but those easily offended by racism would best avoid it as Bauerlein doesn't shy away from exploring and explaining it. I immensely enjoyed this book and can't help but praise Bauerlein's writing and scrupulous research.
Valuable addition to history of Jim Crow Era.  Jan 16, 2002
Having found very little about the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906, imagine my delight at coming across "Negrophobia." There's so little about this event that anything would have been fine, but Bauerlein's study is exhaustive and a damn good read.

The author made the wise choice of spending considerable time setting the scene, looking at the entire cast of characters and 1906 Atlanta. He thereby sets the stage and makes the story of this horrendous riot that much more compelling.

I was also impressed by Bauerlein's straight forward account. He does not editorialize, instead letting the facts speak for themselves.

Atlanta was a relatively progressive city in the Jim Crow South, yet was far from immune to virulent and violent racism. Indeed the state of hysteria white women were whipped into in the South was probably as bad in Atlanta as anwyhere. The demonizing of African-Americans concurrent with the paranoia they engendered is at the heart of the riots.

Baurelein's books fills a huge void and is great reading.

A real page turner  Jul 24, 2001
This is an objective historical account, but I couldn't help thinking as I read it: "What a great story!" It has all the makings of a really good potboiler - an unexpected treat for such serious subjects.

As for the matters of race, anyone who wants to read about how people really experienced race relations on the ground and in their daily lives should read this book.

An Excellent Account of a City's Troubled Times  Jun 12, 2001
This is a sharp, erudite, and very readable account of Atlanta's turbulent racial politics in 1906. But it is also much more than a historical study of a single year. Mark Bauerlein has produced an impressive analysis of black intellectual history at the turn of the century. His observations are precise, and his reconstruction of events vivid. I recommend this book highly.

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