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.
After one of Turner’s followers unleashes,mayhem in New Orleans and a creative musical diaspora
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
DuBois and others found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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.