Atlanta and Environs

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

Title Details

Pages: 648

Illustrations: 27 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.750in x 10.000in



Pub Date: 03/01/2011

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3907-8

List Price: $59.95


Pub Date: 03/01/2011

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3906-1

List Price: $69.95

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Published in association with Atlanta History Center

Atlanta and Environs

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

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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.

Definitive . . . An exhaustive history of the city, which, in its faithful attention to minutiae, effectively captures the flavor of Atlanta.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A boon to the historian, the genealogist and to the average citizen who wants to fill himself in on the background of the leading Southeastern city.

Augusta Chronicle-Herald

A very competent and well-written history.

American Reference Books Annual

A very model of local historical writing . . . A history that will long stand as the definitive story of Atlanta.

Richmond News-Leader

About the Author/Editor

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.