In Atlanta, a city hyped during the 1996 Olympics as the South's most progressive city, Peachtree Street is the main commercial avenue of white business power; Auburn Street, known as Sweet Auburn, is the old center of the city's black community. Their intersection is rather insignificant, a fact mirrored in the racial segregation that has always characterized Atlantan society. Pomerantz has traced the history of the city, and the development of race relations from the city's founding to the present day, through the experiences of two emblematic and influential families: that of Ivan Allen Jr., a white mayor in the 60's; and that of Maynard H. Jackson, the city's first black mayor. The result is a vividly humanized and objective history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This compelling account of the rise of Atlanta from the devastation of the Civil War to its present role as host of the 1996 Olympics is told through a generational biography of two families?one black and one white. Displaying his excellent research skills, Pomerantz, a journalist with the Atlanta Constitution, recounts the story of Iran Allen Sr., son of a Confederate cavalryman, who came to the city in 1897 to accumulate wealth. Contrasted with the Allens are the Dobbses, whose Atlanta residency began with John Wesley Dobbs, son of a Georgia freedman, who arrived in 1895 seeking an education. Coexisting in a segregated society, both men raised families and became civil leaders. Dobbs taught his children that they were the equals of whites, and his grandson, Maynard Jackson Jr., was elected Atlanta's first black mayor in 1973. Iran Allen Jr. recast himself as a Southern liberal and served as Atlanta's mayor from 1962 to 1969. Through rich details and vibrant characterizations, the author delivers a comprehensive overview of the struggle for civil rights in a major Southern city.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although the book arrived in a timely manner and in good condition except it was defaced by a thick, black mark across the pages ~ looks as though it was marked with a magic... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Glenda Bouzek
A very interesting book. Well-researched and lots of references that provided additional information. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrea Winders
I was born and raised within blocks of these streets. If you want to know about Atlanta today, this is your book about yesterday - I enjoyed it very much.Published 18 months ago by Anna Foote
This is truly a story - the nonfiction story of Atlanta's relatively recent history. No judgements - just a narrative woven of historical events and their characters. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm still reading this book but so far it's very intriguing. If you want to know about Atlanta, GA this is a great startPublished on July 14, 2013 by S. Wilson
Recently, my wife and I visited relatives in Atlanta. I didn't want the trip to end, so I searched for a good book on the history of Atlanta. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Bill Strong
Growing up in Atlanta and driving around the city on the side streets off Peachtree and Auburn you see names of streets and don't think twice of who were the name sakes. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Dr. Wilson Trivino