"The Atlanta Riot of 1906 was a tragedy fueled by misinformation and political ambition, but it ultimately led to the first steps of interracial cooperation that characterized progressive Atlanta for the next hundred years. . . . Perhaps if more Americans read Rage in the Gate City—the story of this important but often overlooked chapter in Atlanta's history—it might save our nation from the painful repetition of these acts of hatred and violence."
—John Lewis, U. S. Congressman
"A must-read for anyone who wants to understand how Atlanta has become the city that it is today as a result of what Burns describes as a 'shameful chapter in white Atlanta's history and painful one for black Atlanta'."
"Ably brings to life the 1906 Atlanta race riot, a seminal event in the city's history, yet one that has largely been forgotten. In so doing, [Burns] provides a valuable service for Atlantans today."
—Clifford M. Kuhn, coauthor of Living Atlanta: An Oral History of the City, 1914–1948
"Brings one of the city's most critical pieces of history to vivid and concise life. Although it is a slender volume, it tells a big story successfully and well. The seeds of Atlanta's racial comity and the roots of its racial travails are all here."
—Steve Oney, author of And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Rage in the Gate City focuses on the events of August and September 1906, offering readers a tightly woven narrative account of those eventful days. Fast-paced and vividly detailed, it brings history to life. As June Dobbs Butts writes in her foreword, "For too long, this chapter of Atlanta's history was covered up, or was explained away. . . . Rebecca Burns casts the bright light of truth upon those events."
Read more about the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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