Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath

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After conquering Atlanta in the summer of 1864 and occupying it for two months, Union forces laid waste to the city in November. William T. Sherman's invasion was a pivotal moment in the history of the South and Atlanta's rebuilding over the following fifty years came to represent the contested meaning of the Civil War itself. The war's aftermath brought contentious transition from Old South to New for whites and African Americans alike. Historian William Link argues that this struggle defined the broader meaning...

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Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath

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Overview

After conquering Atlanta in the summer of 1864 and occupying it for two months, Union forces laid waste to the city in November. William T. Sherman's invasion was a pivotal moment in the history of the South and Atlanta's rebuilding over the following fifty years came to represent the contested meaning of the Civil War itself. The war's aftermath brought contentious transition from Old South to New for whites and African Americans alike. Historian William Link argues that this struggle defined the broader meaning of the Civil War in the modern South, with no place embodying the region's past and future more clearly than Atlanta.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Filled with useful information and is richly detailed."—Journal of American Studies

"This is an important book, and William Link shows that Atlanta was indeed a place where the past and the future, the Civil War and the New South, race and economics, and memory and reality converged."—North Carolina Historical Review

"An unparalleled introduction to the history of nineteenth-century Atlanta. . . . Link's pioneering and engaging study merits the attention of professional historians and general readers alike."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Recommended. Undergraduate libraries and up."—Choice

From The Critics
"Lively and original. Link presents a thorough and carefully nuanced account of the role of race in the remarkable story of Atlanta's destruction and re-emergence as a center of black intellectual and economic life thereafter. This will be the definitive account of Atlanta and the rise of the New South for many years to come."—Lacy Ford, University of South Carolina
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469607764
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2013
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 968,019
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Link is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. He is author or editor of thirteen books, including Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism.

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