Struggling To Shake Off Old Shackles
20th Century Georgia A Documentary History
Edited By William F. Holmes
Hardcover, 287 pp
From the Publisher:
During the last ninety years Georgia has been transformed by changes more rapid and more dramatic than it has ever seen. As the century began, the South’s agrarian empire was collapsing, and in it wake the region settled into a condition of chronic poverty, ignorance and political corruption. Whites, encouraged by demagogues who appealed to their frustrations and fears, attempted “to keep the Negro in his place.” Nevertheless, the relentless forces of industrialization, communications and the national government brought economic opportunity, new ideas and fairer politics. A land of cotton farms has given way to sprawling cities, while rural areas have been depleted. White country bosses have yielded power to black legislators, aldermen and mayors. Each year Georgia becomes more and more like the rest of the country – more urban, more wealthy, better educated – but also more homogenized into a mass-market culture and leaving behind the simple verities of a world regulated by the farmer’s calendar.
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