Standing Upon The Mouth Of A Volcano
New South Georgia A Documentary History
Edited By Mills Lane
Hardcover, 250 pp
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After the Civil War, Georgians struggled to rebuild their shattered society and economy. The most enlightened wished to created what Henry Grady called a “New South” of political harmony, industrial development and racial justice. Others, refused to accept the new order and facing the collapse of the South’s cotton empire, wanted to put the Negro “back in his place.” Some thirty documents, or groups of documents, describe the mingled currents of hope and hate that created social problems that have not yet been solved. Robert Battey, a physician at Rome, describes with brave good humor the daily deprivations of summer, 1865. Ella Thomas, a housewife in Augusta, predicts a black revolution. Ordinary freedmen write the U.S. government complaining about beatings and killings inflicted by the Klu Klux Klan. Clare de Graffenried describes the dreary, monotonous live of poor whites working in the cotton mills. Newspaper reporters describe a four-day race riot that swept Atlanta in 1906. Ray Stannard Baker surveys “the color line” of rigid segregation that descended upon Georgia.
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