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Author: Pamela Logan

Title: The Impact of the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 on the Discourse on Womanhood

Subtitle: -

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Georgia State University

Year: 2015

Pages: 71pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Types: Interracial Rape


Link: ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University (Free Access)


Abstract: »At the beginning of the twentieth century, traditional discourses on Southern womanhood were being challenged by the women’s movement, industrialization that increased female employment, and many other social forces. The increased agency of women and burgeoning black financial autonomy challenged white male paternalism, and in response, Southern white men filled newspapers with rhetoric that accused black males of raping white women and instigated racial violence. Such rhetoric, which encouraged white women to fear black men and depend on white men for protection, was used to initiate the Atlanta riot of 1906. However, instead of retreating to their homes for protection, many women published confident and coherent responses to the riot. After the riot, newspapers were reprimanded for publishing incendiary editorials, and they instead presented new images of Southern women with greater agency. This more stratified representation suggests that the riot had a subtle impact on the discourse on Southern white womanhood.« (Source: Thesis)


  1 Introduction (p. 1)
  2 Section 1 (p. 2)
  3 Section 2 (p. 27)
  4 Section 3 (p. 49)
  5 Conclusions (p. 56)
  References (p. 58)
    Section 1 Works Cited (p. 58)
    Section 1 Works Consulted (p. 61)
    Section 2 Works Cited (p. 62)
    Section 2 Works Consulted (p. 65)
    Section 3 Works Cited (p. 65)
    Section 3 Works Consulted (p. 66)
  Appendices (p. 67)
    Appendix A-Works Consulted for Responses of Women (p. 67)
    Appendix B-Responses of Women to the Atlanta Riot (p. 69)
    Appendix C-Newspapers Clippings (p. 71)

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