Atticus Greene Haygood

Methodist Bishop, Editor, and Educator

Atticus Greene Haygood

Methodist Bishop, Editor, and Educator

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Published in 1965, this biography of Atticus Green Haygood (1839-1896) reveals a man whose personal faith led him to become one of the foremost southern advocates of liberal racial policies. Born in rural northeast Georgia, Haygood attended Emory College at Oxford and went on to lead a distinguished career in the Methodist church, reforming church government, writing tracts on missionary work, and eventually serving as Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Haygood received national recognition for his work as an agent for the Slater Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting education for blacks, and for his controversial book Our Brother in Black, which outlined his views on racial issues. From 1875 to 1884 he served as president of Emory College where he continued his efforts of social reform.

Mann is convincing when he unravels the threads of progressivism and conservatism in Haygood's intellectual make-up.

American Historical Review

Mann's biographical study reveals an interesting figure who was in a number of ways representative of white leaders of the 'New South' of the post-Civil War years. . . . The author has brought together a wealth of material that casts light into previously unexplored corners of post-Civil War southern history.

Journal of American History

This first competent biography is especially welcome, for Haygood was probably more influential in the South than was George W. Cable, whose reputation as a racial moderate continues to flourish. . . . Above all, the book is intensely interesting.

Journal of Southern History

About the Author/Editor

HAROLD W. MANN was a member of the Department of Social Studies at Emory-at-Oxford, a division of Emory University located on the original campus where Haygood served as president.