Standing upon the Mouth of a Volcano – New South Georgia


Edited by MILLS LANE

(Book Five) Collected documents examining the emergence of the New South in the years after the Civil War.
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  • xxii + 245 pages, frontispiece


After the Civil War, most Georgians faced a world that had been transformed against their will. The enlightened wished to create what Henry Grady called a “New South” of political reconciliation, economic development and racial justice. Others, refusing to accept the new order and facing the collapse of the region’s agricultural system, wanted to put the “Negro back in his place.” Some thirty documents or groups of documents–letters, journals, newspaper reports–describe the mingled currents of hope and hate that created social problems that have not yet been solved.

Book Five in the Documentary History of Georgia series.

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crackers, mob, segregation laws, Ray Stannard Baker, R.S. Baker, William E.B. DuBois, yellow journalism, Following the Color Line


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