Black Atlanta in the Roaring Twenties
Long before it came to prominence as the model city
of the New South, as well as earning the title "the
new Motown," Atlanta was a hotbed of entertainment,
business, and civic life for African Americans. At the same time that Harlem was undergoing its acclaimed renaissance, Atlanta could boast of excellent colleges, a thriving social environment, and an entertainment scene that could rival those of much larger cities. From Auburn Avenue, the hub of the city's African-American activity, a spirit of vibrant change and excitement radiated out to reach people across America.
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