Atlanta and Environs

Atlanta and Environs

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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. Garretta€”a man called a€œa walking encyclopedia on Atlanta historya€ by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With the publication of Volume III, by Harold H. Martin, this chronicle of the Southa€™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 1880a€”ranging from the citya€™s founding as a€œTerminusa€ through its Civil War destruction and subsequent phoenixlike rebirth. Volume II details Atlantaa€™s development from 1880 through the 1930sa€”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 citya€™s fortunes in the 1940s, Volume III spans the years of Atlantaa€™s greatest growth. Tracing the rise of new building on the downtown skyline and the construction of Hartsfield International Airport on the citya€™s perimeter, covering the politics at City Hall and the box scores of Atlantaa€™s new baseball team, recounting the changing terms of race relations and the citya€™s growing support of the arts, the last volume of Atlanta and Environs documents the maturation of the Southa€™s preeminent city.For the Kimball House, like Atlanta, did not belong only to itself; it belonged to the whole South. ... The house rises seven stories above the basement, contains 31 stores and general Offices, 357 large airy sleeping chambers, and 22 large public rooms, ... a€œThe interior decorations and appointments are so disposed as to give to each and every part of the building an elegant and artistic feature of its own.

Title:Atlanta and Environs
Author:Franklin M. Garrett
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2010-04-15


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