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

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

by William A. Link
Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath

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

by William A. Link

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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.
Link frames the city as both exceptional--because of the incredible impact of the war there and the city's phoenix-like postwar rise--and as a model for other southern cities. He shows how, in spite of the violent reimposition of white supremacy, freedpeople in Atlanta built a cultural, economic, and political center that helped to define black America.



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ISBN-13: 9781469607771
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Series: Civil War America
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 A Troublesome Thing: Invasion 7

2 Ocean of Ruins: Destruction and Rebirth 33

3 A Forgetfulness of the Past: Rebuilding the Racial Order 61

4 Every Contrivance of Cruelly: Violence and White Supremacy in the New South 86

5 We Are Rising: Schooling the City 111

6 Wheel within a Wheel: Competing Visions 136

7 The New South in Crisis 169

Epilogue: The Propaganda of History 190

Notes 201

Bibliography 231

Acknowledgments 243

Index 245

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From the Publisher

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



From Sherman's March to Gone with the Wind, Atlanta plays a central role in Americans' shared memory of the Civil War. William Link's rich narrative sifts through the ashes of Atlanta's history to reveal the fascinating, and true, stories hidden beneath.—Edward L. Ayers, author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

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