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 used to be a pivotal second within the historical past of the South and Atlanta's rebuilding over the next fifty years got here to symbolize the contested that means of the Civil warfare 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 that means of the Civil warfare within the glossy South, without position embodying the region's prior and destiny extra essentially than Atlanta.
Link frames town as either exceptional--because of the impressive effect of the battle there and the city's phoenix-like postwar rise--and as a version for different southern towns. He indicates how, even with the violent reimposition of white supremacy, freedpeople in Atlanta equipped a cultural, fiscal, and political heart that helped to outline black America.

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