Cultural Rebirth and Political Reaction (1900–1915)
Racism becomes official U.S. government policy, as ‘race’ rewrites the nation’s culture.
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An early back-to-Africa movement led by A.M.E. Bishop Henry Turner.
Ida B. Wells takes her anti-lynching campaign overseas.
While black leaders Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois battle over tactics, Southern Blacks swell a Great Migration, and
White writers, led by novelist Thomas Dixon and historian William Dunning, authoritatively rewrite the Reconstruction as a time of Black misrule.
Race riots ravage Atlanta (1906), and Springfield Illinois (1908), as
Political History Professor Woodrow Wilson is elected President. He re-segregates the Federal government, purges Blacks officials, and steps up U.S. military interventions in Latin- and black American neighbor-nations.
And as the U.S. joins the War to End All Wars, Congressman Leonidas Dyer offers an anti-lynching Bill. It shall never pass.
The Ballad of Robert Charles