Excerpt from An Appeal to the Christian People of the South Blue Ridge. N. C., August 18-21, 1920. The American Negro demonstrated anew during the War with Germany that he was a National asset. He bore his full share in every phase of the struggle. Its avowed objectives had a special appeal to him. He spurned the German propagandists and showed himself everywhere a thoroughgoing American. The purposes of black Americans were identical with those of white Americans. The spiritual reaction which in America followed the signing of the armistice was seen first perhaps in the changed attitude of the races. There was in some sections an effort to resurrect the Ku Klux in preparation for a rumored uprising of the Negroes. There was a general undertone of excitement and apprehension among Negroes over rumored plans of whites to repress and oppress all Negroes, especially Negro soldiers. Race riots became more and more frequent throughout the Nation. When these conditions began to be apparent there came together in Atlanta a group of men and women representing all sections of the Nation: some of them had been for many years laboring for better race relations; the others had in different phases of War Work in America and Overseas, been brought into close touch with the Negro soldier. These men and women agreed that some way must be discovered to dispel this race suspicion and hatred and if possible make what threatened to be a National calamity contribute to permanent improvement in the relations of white and Negro Americans. After many conferences between men of both races and all sections of the country it became apparent that as nearly as possible the facts shou'd be secured and such work begun as the facts seemed to demand. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.