Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in by William A. Link

By William A. Link

After conquering Atlanta in the summertime of 1864 and occupying it for 2 months, Union forces laid waste to the town in November. William T. Sherman's invasion was once a pivotal second within the background of the South and Atlanta's rebuilding over the subsequent fifty years got here to symbolize the contested which means of the Civil battle itself. The war's aftermath introduced contentious transition from previous South to New for whites and African americans alike. Historian William hyperlink argues that this fight outlined the wider which means of the Civil conflict within the smooth South, without position embodying the region's previous and destiny extra in actual fact than Atlanta.
Link frames town as either exceptional--because of the very good influence of the battle there and the city's phoenix-like postwar rise--and as a version for different southern towns. He exhibits how, despite the violent reimposition of white supremacy, freedpeople in Atlanta outfitted a cultural, fiscal, and political heart that helped to outline black America.

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