Where Peachtree meets Sweet Auburn: the saga of two families and the making of Atlanta
On the one hand, there are the gleaming sky scrapers of Peachtree, the street where Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell once lived and later met her tragic death; and on the other, there are the Reconstruction-era churches of Auburn Avenue, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once preached and where his bier is now entombed inside a crypt with the epitaph "Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty I'm Free at Last." The contrast between these streets hearkens to a time when boundaries were imposed by law, by segregation; this roughing of borders provides lingering evidence of a history and a city only recently joined.
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By the time the Olympic Games begin this summer in Atlanta, Peachtree Street will be as widely recognized as New York City's Broadway. Yet where Peachtree meets Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, two worlds collide--one white and one black. In a thoroughly enjoyable and well-written book, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Pomerantz relates Atlanta's history, focusing on two families and two mayors--one white and one black. Ivan Allen Jr. served as mayor during the turbulent decade of the 1960s--a period marked by racial discord. Maynard Jackson Jr. began the first of his two stints in office in 1973; the affirmative action programs instituted under his leadership paralleled much of Atlanta's growth. Pomerantz uses the lives of the two families (Allen and Dobbs, nee Jackson) to chronicle Atlanta's early growth and later development into the Olympic city, along with a host of others whose contributions shaped Atlanta's history. Readable, humorous, and moving, this book is one of the year's best and belongs in all libraries. Highly recommended.--Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.