By William A. Link

After conquering Atlanta in the summertime of 1864 and occupying it for 2 months, Union forces laid waste to the town in November. William T. Sherman's invasion was once a pivotal second within the background of the South and Atlanta's rebuilding over the next fifty years got here to symbolize the contested that means of the Civil warfare itself. The war's aftermath introduced contentious transition from outdated South to New for whites and African americans alike. Historian William hyperlink argues that this fight outlined the wider which means of the Civil battle within the sleek South, without position embodying the region's previous and destiny extra truly than Atlanta.
Link frames town as either exceptional--because of the fabulous impression of the conflict there and the city's phoenix-like postwar rise--and as a version for different southern towns. He exhibits how, regardless of the violent reimposition of white supremacy, freedpeople in Atlanta outfitted a cultural, monetary, and political middle that helped to outline black America.

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