The Atlanta Renaissance

By Charles Lester With his most recent book, Charles Blow offers an intriguing proposition for Black empowerment–a mass migration of African Americans to the South. He argues that the project of northern and western migration of previous generations has given way to racial prejudice, de facto segregation, failing schools, chronic underemployment, few economic opportunities or […]

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Remembering Sweet Auburn Before the Expressway: What Nostalgia Reveals About the Limits of Postwar Liberalism

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles during April that examine the construction of the Interstate Highway System over the past seven decades. The series, titled Justice and the Interstates, opens up new areas for historical inquiry, while also calling on policy makers and the transportation and urban planning professions to […]

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A neoliberal Love Story, From Public Housing to Golf: A Review of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon (Washington, DC: Florentine Films and WETA, 2002). Review by Courtney Rawlings Following their Peabody Award-winning documentary The Central Park Five (2012), co-directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon’s newest film examines another depressing tale of race in America. East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (2020), focuses […]

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Member of the Week: Andrew Pope

Andrew Pope Lecturer in History & Literature Harvard University @popeand Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? My current project, Living in the Struggle: Black Power, Gay Liberation, and Women’s Liberation Movements in Atlanta, 1964-1996, explores how poor and working class residents of Atlanta came to identify mutual interests across traditional lines […]

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Member of the Week: Danielle Wiggins

Danielle Wiggins Doctoral Candidate in History Emory University @from_dlwiggins       Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  I’m currently writing my dissertation about the development of black politics in Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s by examining how members of the black political class–namely, mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young as well […]

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Member of the Week: Katie Schank

Katie Marages Schank George Washington University, PhD, American Studies, May 2016 Emory University, Fellow, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, 2016-2017 @kmschank   Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? In my current research, I explore the relationship between architecture, housing policy, race, and visual culture to […]

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