Although a prosperous African-American middle class had emerged in Atlanta by the early 1900s, it was understood by both whites and blacks that Atlanta was a tense and highly segregated city. In 1906, on the heels of the Thomas Dixon play The Clansmen, newspapers began falsely reporting assaults of white women by black men, leading to the Atlanta Riot. This segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow describes the events leading up to the riot, and its impact on the black civil rights leaders Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois and Walter White.
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