Grace Towns Hamilton and the Politics of Southern Change (Paperback)
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Grace Towns Hamilton and the Politics of Southern Change (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 30/06/2009
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No history of the civil rights era in the South would be complete without an account of the remarkable life and career of Grace Towns Hamilton, the first African American woman in the Deep South to be elected to a state legislature. A national official of the Young Women's Christian Association early in her career, Hamilton later headed the Atlanta Urban League, where she worked within the confines of segregation to equalize African American access to education, health care, and voting rights. In the Georgia legislature from 1965 until 1984, she exercised considerable power as a leader in the black struggle for local, state, and national offices, promoting interracial cooperation as the key to racial justice. Her probity and moderation paved the way for the election of other black women, and by the end of her political career no southern legislature was without women members of her race.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820333878
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Grace Towns Hamilton's story should be read by all who want to know the whole story of the South's racial revolution.

--Julian Bond

Spritzer and Bergmark have significantly expanded our understanding of Hamilton's influence and impact on southern politics.

--Rudolph P. Byrd

Grace Towns Hamilton exemplifies the legions of strong southern African American women who transformed a nation with their passion, dignity, integrity, wit, and wisdom.

--Andrew Young

This biography of Grace Towns Hamilton makes a contribution to several overlapping fields: the history of twentieth-century Atlanta and Georgia, the history of the post-World War II civil rights movement, and the history of women's political activism. What comes to light in this book is a fascinating political figure whose career encompasses the many changes of the twentieth-century South.

--Kathryn L. Nasstrom

A member of Atlanta's elite black middle class, Hamilton practiced conciliation, negotiation, and interracial cooperation and achieved results, e.g., increased black voter registration, better housing, improved education and healthcare, and a new Atlanta city charter. She won respect from white politicians but received little approval from the younger, more militant generation of black political leaders. Using oral history and archival material, the authors movingly portray Hamilton as an agent for racial equality.

--Library Journal

Spritzer and Bergmark have captured the velvet essence of 'the most influential black woman of the twentieth century in Atlanta.

--John Egerton

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