Where Peachtree meets Sweet Auburn: the saga of two families and the making of Atlanta

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Scribner, Jun 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 656 pages
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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Family Tree
10
Historic Time Line
13
Preface
17
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Gary M. Pomerantz earned acclaim with his two previous books. "Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn," a multigenerational biography of Atlanta and its racial conscience, was named a 1996 Notable Book of the Year by the "New York Times," "Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds" (2001), the true story of an airplane crash, has been published in Britain, Germany, and China. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Pomerantz worked for nearly two decades as a journalist, first as a sportswriter for the "Washington Post "and then writing columns, editorials, and special projects for the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," He later served for two years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta. He lives today in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their three children.

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