A Changing Wind: Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta (Hardback)
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A Changing Wind: Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 01/07/2014
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A compelling exploration of what real life was like for residents of Civil War-era Atlanta

In 1845, Atlanta was the last stop at the end of a railroad line, the home of just twelve families and three general stores. By the 1860s, it was a thriving Confederate city, second only to Richmond in importance. A Changing Wind is the first history to explore the experiences of Atlanta's civilians during the young city's rapid growth, the devastation of the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era when Atlanta emerged as a "New South" city.

A Changing Wind vividly brings to life the stories of Atlanta's diverse citizens-white and black, free and enslaved, well-to-do and everyday people. A rich and compelling account of residents' changing loyalties to the Union and the Confederacy, the book highlights the unequal economic and social impacts of the war, General Sherman's siege, and the stunning rebirth of the city in postwar years. The final chapter of the book focuses on Atlanta's historical memory of the Civil War and how racial divisions have led to separate commemorations of the war's meaning.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300192162
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm


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"Venet shows that to understand Atlanta's early history, we must recognize the significance of a variety of ambitious speculators-entrepreneurs, politicians, soldiers, benevolent reformers, consumers, and slaves-who built, tore down, and rebuilt an urban social order. . . . [A Changing Wind] deserves a wide readership."-Brian P. Luskey, The Civil War Monitor -- Brian P. Luskey * The Civil War Monitor *
"A solid account of the city's experience, as told by the residents themselves. . . . The real value of A Changing Wind is found in Venet's careful reconstruction of the wartime experience of everyday Atlantans. . . . The deep immersion into the day-by-day unfolding of the Civil War in the Gate City showcases Venet's skills as a narrative historian. And although we know the outcome of the struggle, her depiction of the panicked city injects a sense of contingency and urgency rarely found in historical accounts of the Civil War. . . . A Changing Wind reminds us to pause amidst Atlanta's relentless quest to be the city of the future and remember the remarkable nature of its past."-Sean Patrick Adams, Civil War Book Review -- Sean Patrick Adams * Civil War Book Review *

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