By William A. Link
Link frames town as either exceptional--because of the superb impression of the battle there and the city's phoenix-like postwar rise--and as a version for different southern towns. He indicates how, inspite of the violent reimposition of white supremacy, freedpeople in Atlanta equipped a cultural, monetary, and political middle that helped to outline black America.
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Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath (Civil War America) by William A. Link