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Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1940s-1970s

Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1940s-1970s

by Harold H. Martin

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Atlanta and Environs is, in every way, an exhaustive history of the Atlanta Area from the time of its settlement in the 1820s through the 1970s. Volumes I and II, together more than two thousand pages in length, represent a quarter century of research by their author, Franklin M. Garrett—a man called “a walking encyclopedia on Atlanta history” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With the publication of Volume III, by Harold H. Martin, this chronicle of the South’s most vibrant city incorporates the spectacular growth and enterprise that have characterized Atlanta in recent decades.

The work is arranged chronologically, with a section devoted to each decade, a chapter to each year. Volume I covers the history of Atlanta and its people up to 1880—ranging from the city’s founding as “Terminus” through its Civil War destruction and subsequent phoenixlike rebirth. Volume II details Atlanta’s development from 1880 through the 1930s—including occurrences of such diversity as the development of the Coca-Cola Company and the Atlanta premiere of Gone with the Wind. Taking up the city’s fortunes in the 1940s, Volume III spans the years of Atlanta’s greatest growth. Tracing the rise of new building on the downtown skyline and the construction of Hartsfield International Airport on the city’s perimeter, covering the politics at City Hall and the box scores of Atlanta’s new baseball team, recounting the changing terms of race relations and the city’s growing support of the arts, the last volume of Atlanta and Environs documents the maturation of the South’s preeminent city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820339078
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Edition description: Volume 3
Pages: 648
Sales rank: 388,604
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

HAROLD H. MARTIN (1910–1994) served as a journalist in Atlanta for over thirty years, including much of the time William Hartsfield was mayor, and lectured in journalism at Georgia State University. He is the author of several books, including Georgia: A History and Ralph McGill, Reporter and is coeditor of The Encyclopedia of the South.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Section I. The Nineteen-Forties Introduction 3
1940 6
1941 53
1942 67
1943 91
1944 102
1945 111
1946 122
1947 132
1948 144
1949 148

Section II. The Nineteen-Fifties
1950 159
1951 167
1952 178
1953 191
1954 206
1955 218
1956 235
1957 257
1958 284
1959 299

Section III. The Nineteen-Sixties
1960 315
1961 324
1962 337
1963 365
1964 389
1965 417
1966 446
1967 457
1968 513
1969 and into the 1970s 544

Index 601

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