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Red clay, white water and blues : a history of Columbus, Georgia

Author: Virginia Estes Causey
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English
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"This is the first comprehensive history of the second-largest city in Georgia. It begins with the city's founding in the 1820s and brings its story to the present, examining economic, political, social, and cultural change over time. Virginia E. Causey ... focuses on three defining characteristics of the city's history: the role that geography has played in its evolution, specifically its location on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia Estes Causey
ISBN: 9780820354996 0820354996
OCLC Number: 1052875579
Description: 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Stepping to the Music of Jingling Dimes": A Trading Town on the Chattahoochee --
The "Last Battle" and "Black Reconstruction": The Civil War and Its Aftermath --
"Plethoric, Laborious, Well-Fed, Jolly, and Complacent": Politics and Economics, 1880-1920 --
Lynching, Industrial Education, Babe Ruth, and Christian Communism: Social Change at the Turn of the Twentieth Century --
The Klan and Coca-Cola: The Roaring Twenties --
Columbus in the 1930s and 1940s: Depression and World War --
Violence, Direct Action, Negotiation: The Struggle for Civil Rights, 1944-1975 --
From Optimism to Malaise: Economics, Politics, and Culture, 1950s-1980s --
Renaissance: Columbus since the 1990s.
Responsibility: Virginia E. Causey.

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"This is the first comprehensive history of the second-largest city in Georgia. It begins with the city's founding in the 1820s and brings its story to the present, examining economic, political, social, and cultural change over time. Virginia E. Causey ... focuses on three defining characteristics of the city's history: the role that geography has played in its evolution, specifically its location on the Chattahoochee River along the Fall Line making it an ideal place to establish water-powered textile mills; the fact that the control of city's affairs rested in the hands of a self-serving but 'mostly benevolent' business elite; and the endemic presence of violence that left a 'bloody trail' throughout local history. Causey peppers the essential facts about major events in the history of Columbus with telling anecdotes of some of its most colorful characters, including Sol Sullivan and his Dramatic Company, music phenom Blind Tom, the suffragette Augusta Howard, Peanut King Tom Huston, blueswoman Ma Rainey, novelist Carson McCullers, and insurance magnate John Amos. Because of her deep research into the desegregation of the Columbus school system, Causey's treatment of both the city's persistent racial discrimination and also its African American citizens' struggle for civil rights is particularly effective"--

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