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On Display at Clarkston: 2020

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

February 2020

History of Atlanta

Ambrose Andy. Atlanta: An Illustrated History.
Atlanta: An Illustrated History.
Call # Atlanta F294.A857 A44 2003
illed with images from Atlanta's archives, this short history features the personalities and locales of the economic and cultural capital of the Southeast. At its founding in 1837, Atlanta was filled with saloons and brothels, such that it was more like an Old West frontier town than a white-gloved city of the Old South. Highlighting the city's rebirth from the devastation of the Atlanta Campaign to its renaissance beginning in the 1960s, Atlanta's troubling racialized past is underscored, and the city's historically rich neighborhoods, including Ansley Park, Buckhead, and Druid Hills, are celebrated.

Atlanta Historical Society.. 150: A Special Edition.
American City Business Publications, 1987.
Call # Atlanta HC108.A8 O54 1987
50, celebrating one hundred fifty years of Atlanta business [is a] commemorative history. A special issue of Atlanta business chronicle published the first week in April, 1987.

Atlanta History Center.
Atlanta History Center.
Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center was founded on the big ideas and relentless fascination of 14 Atlantans who were emphatic about our city’s historical relevance in society. In a sense, our organization was created by Atlanta’s biggest fans, and we love that detail. In 1926, these founding members introduced the Atlanta Historical Society into the world with one mission: to help preserve Atlanta’s history. In 1990, after decades of collecting, researching, publishing and celebrating the early stories of our great Southern community, the Atlanta Historical Society and all of its holdings officially became the Atlanta History Center.

Garrison, Webb. The Legacy of Atlanta: A Short History.
Peachtree Publishers, 1987.
Call # Atlanta F294.A857 G37 1987
Examines the individuals, institutions, and events that have shaped Atlanta's history and shares little-known anecdotes about the city's development.

Cutting the Ribbon for I-75

MARTA Anniversary Logo

Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn

Link, William A. Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath.
The University of North Carolina Press, 2013
Call # EBSCOHost eBook Collection
After conquering Atlanta in the summer of 1864 and occupying it for two months, Union forces laid waste to the city in November. William T. Sherman's invasion was a pivotal moment in the history of the South and Atlanta's rebuilding over the following fifty years came to represent the contested meaning of the Civil War itself. The war's aftermath brought contentious transition from Old South to New for whites and African Americans alike. Historian William Link argues that this struggle defined the broader meaning of the Civil War in the modern South, with no place embodying the region's past and future more clearly than Atlanta.
EBSCOHost eBook Collection

Ottley, James M. Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties.
James M. Ottlehy, 2009
Call # Newton F294.A8 O88 2009
A synopsis of some of the more unique, interesting and humorous events and facts from Volume I of Franklin Garrett's comprehensive history of Atlanta, Atlanta and Its Environs.

Rose, Michael. Atlanta Then & Now.
Thunder Bay Press, 2001.
Call # F294.A843 R67 2001
Atlanta Then and Now is a captivating chronicle of history and change since the dawn of the camera age. It pairs historic photographs, many over a century old, with specially commissioned views of the same scene as it exists today showing the evolution of Atlanta.

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Old fashioned Atlanta Transita Authority Schedlue

Book About Atlanta Neighborhoods

Book with lots of pictures of  Atlanta

Postcard of Atlanta's Interstates

To see past Clarkston library displays, please visit the Display Archives.

Logo for the display featuring road signs and a MARTA bus.

History is still with us in Atlanta. It is written in the street grid and segregated neighborhoods. The books, articles, press releases and web sites in this display cover: the rise of the interstates, suburban sprawl, redlining, evictions, and African American life in Atlanta in general.

Public Transit in Atlanta

The Associated Press
"Atlanta Transit Agency Proposes Timeline for Big Projects." AP Regional State Report - Georgia,
2 June 2019.
Newspaper Source Plus

Atlanta's public transit agency has laid out a preliminary timeline for new construction projects that puts off some highly anticipated items to 2035 and later, a newspaper reported.
Newspaper Source Plus

The Associated Press
"Long Resistant Metro-Atlanta County Votes on Mass Transit."
US News Online,
19 March 2019.
Newspaper Source Plus

Approval of a contract with Atlanta's public transportation provider that could bring a significant expansion of transit options is on the ballot in one north-metro county. Gwinnett County's referendum Tuesday asks if voters want to authorize a contract with MARTA.
Newspaper Source Plus

The Associated Press
"When I-85 Reopens, Atlanta Mass Transit Hopes to Keep Riders."
US News Online,
28 April 2017.
Newspaper Source Plus

As work on the rebuilding of the section of the Interstate 85 bridge that collapsed last month progresses, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority hopes to keep its new passengers.
Newspaper Source Plus

Dajani, Jarir, et al.
“The Redistributive Impact of the Atlanta Mass Transit System.”
Southern Economic Journal,
ol. 42, no. 1, July 1975, p. 49.
Business Source Complete

This paper presents a pilot study of the annual 1983 redistributive effects of the Atlanta rapid transit system (as compared to an all-highway system). The differences in private benefits and costs are calculated as they accrue to consumers of transportation services residing in eight of Atlanta's traffic zones.
Dajani, Jarir et al. "Abstract."

Descant, Skip.
"Think Uber and Lyft are Killing Transit? Think again."
TCA Regional News,
May 18, 2018. ProQuest News and Newspapers

Lyft and Uber are not replacing public transit -- nor should they. These are the findings of a new report by the Shared-Use Mobility Center, an imprint of the Transit Cooperative Research Program at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
ProQuest News and Newspapers.

Goldfarb, Stephen.
"Getting Around in Atlanta."
vol. 217, no. 13, Oct. 1973,
Nation Archive,

Focuses on the issue of improving the condition of mass transit in cities of the U.S. Highlights of changes brought about in the bus service in Atlanta, Georgia; Contribution of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority to the improvement in the transit service; Criticism of the approach to mass transit.
Nation Archive.

Hurt, Emma.
"MARTA Wins Federal Grant for Zero-emission Buses."
Atlanta, 5 October 2018, WABE,

MARTA’s board of directors unanimously approved $2.7 billion-worth of Atlanta transit expansion Thursday. The money comes from a half-penny sales tax increase that Atlantans approved back in 2016.

MARTA rail transit map what else

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Karner, Alex, and Richard Duckworth.
“‘Pray for Transit’: Seeking Transportation Justice in Metropolitan Atlanta.”
Urban Studies,
vol. 56, no. 9, July 2019, pp. 1882–1900.
Business Source complete.

The rebirth of transit in 2014 and the success of the advocacy effort extends extant notions of urban regimes and governance in Atlanta and provides a unique example of a transportation equity win not forced by a legal challenge. Using primary and secondary source materials, this article illuminates precisely what made the Clayton County effort a success and looks to the future of public transit in the metropolitan region.
Business Source Complete

Landrdum, Johnathan Jr. and Kathleen Foody.
“Atlanta after Major Bridge Collapse: Jump in Mass Transit.”
Canadian Press,
3 April 2017,
Newspaper Source

Describes how suburban commuters flocked to MARTA in the wake of a fire that destroyed an I-85 overpass several years ago.
Eileen H. Kramer

Lichtenstein Consulting Engineers.
Historic Context of theI nterstate Highway System in Georgia.
Georgia Department of TransportationOffice of Environment/Location, 2007,

In many ways, Georgia was the envy of the nationbecause of its aggressive and innovative programs that allowed the state to firstcomplete its interstate system and then begin reconstruction of the most heavily usedsections in the metro Atlanta region
Historic Context of the Interstate Highway System in Georgia

Atlanta, 2020,
The web site for updates, service alerts, schedules, employment opportunities, and history of Atlanta, DeKalb, and Gwinnett County's transit system.
Eileen H. Kramer

Rayam, Lisa and Marie White Tillman.
"Why the Census Count is Important to MARTA."
Atlanta, 16 January 2020,
Census Day is April 1, 2020. The results produce data about Americans and the economy. The count is very important to Atlanta’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. MARTA is the principal public transport operator in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Shama, Tansim.
"MARTA’s Post-I-85-Bridge-Collapse Growth Slows Down."
he day after a section of an Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta collapsed, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority saw a 21 percent increase in ridership. Nearly a month later, the growth in new riders is slowing down.

Waligore, Mark.
"Opinion: A Regular Rider's View of MARTA."
TCA Regional News,

Apr 12, 2019,
ProQuest News & Newspapers

In a town where it can take one hour and 15 minutes to travel 15 miles, why would public transportation carry such a negative connotation? Does MARTA really pander to a "bad element," as one reader wrote on our opinion pages? Do we metro Atlantans love our cars that much that taking the train, or, God forbid, the bus, is unthinkable?
ProQuets News & Newspapers

Williams, John E. Transcending Barriers: Race, Mobility, and Transportation Planning in Postwar Atlanta, 1944-1975.
Georgia State University, 2015,
From the onset of postwar planning with the Lochner Report in 1944, to the groundbreaking for the construction of the MARTA rapid rail lines in 1975, this project explores the contours of race and mobility through the lenses of transportation planning.
Williams, John E. "Abstract." Transcending Barriers.

Map of Atlanta including the proposed interstate in the 1950's courtesy of Williams 'Transcending Barriers'

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Neighborhood Segregation in Atlanta

Buffington, Perry W., and Kim. Underwood. Archival Atlanta: Electric Street Dummies, the Great Stonehenge Explosion, Nerve Tonics, and Bovine Laws : Forgotten Facts and Well-Kept Secrets from Our City's Past.
1st ed., Peachtree Publishers, 1996.
Call # F294.A857 B84 1996
This conversational history of Atlanta offers fascinating-and true-stories from the past, organized by category.

Bullard, Robert D., et al. Sprawl City : Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta.
Island Press, 2000.
Call # Atlanta HT243.U62 A757 2000
A serious but often overlooked impact of the random, unplanned growth commonly known as sprawl is its effect on economic and racial polarization. Atlanta, Georgia, one of the fastest growing areas in the country, offers a striking example of sprawl-induced stratification.

Charles, J. B.
"Federal Housing Discrimination Still Hurts Home Values in Black Neighborhoods."
TCA Regional News,
Apr 27, 2018,
ProQuest News and Newspapers

Housing values in American cities still break sharply along racial lines, showing the lingering impact of federal "redlining" in the 1930s, which devalued homes in African-American neighborhoods. The practice was outlawed decades ago, but its effects are still evident. In fact, according to a study published last week by real estate website Zillow, the disparity has grown even worse over the past two decades.
ProQuest News and Newspapers

Goss, Steve.
"‘White Flight’ and Atlanta’s Churches Revisited in Emory Honors Thesis."
One on One
WABE, Atlanta, 16 May, 2013,

Many of Atlanta’s neighborhoods underwent a racial ‘sea change’ in the decades following World War Two. The response and reaction by neighborhood churches to that transition is recounted in an honors thesis by Emory University student Preston Hogue entitled, “The Ties That Bind: White Church Flight in Atlanta from 1955 to 1985.
One on One

Hartle, Robert. The Highs & Lows of Little Five: A History of Little Five Points.
History Press, 2010.
Call # F294.A86 L584 2010
Atlanta's Little Five Points, the city's first Neighborhood Commercial District, stands out as one of the most distinctive shopping districts in the Southeast. There have been quite a few ups and downs in the area's history, but ultimately the dedicated, passionate individuals who made L5P what it is today handled them with perseverance and foresight, creating unique, independently owned stores that draw the most eclectic mix of people found anywhere in Atlanta. The cultural melting pot created by these stores is what makes Little Five Points such a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

Hayes, Melissa Mae. The Building Blocks of Atlanta: Racial Residential Segregation and Neighborhood Inequity.
Georgia State University, 2006,
I conduct a case study of Atlanta's metropolitan core in order to provide a rich, detailed analysis of urban neighborhoods, and to document the persistence of racial inequalities. Using Census 2000 block group data, I examine racial residential segregation in the five core counties of Atlanta between whites and minority groups, as well as among minority groups.
Hayes, Melissa Mae. "Abstract."

Joyner, Tammy, and Arielle Kass.
"Clayton Leads Metro Area in Single-Family Rental Homes."
TCA Regional News,
April 21, 2016.
ProQuest News and Newspapers

Clayton Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson says the increased presence of renters in single-family homes affects everything from testing to student turnover. Community activist Derrick Boazman said the flood of single-family rentals hurts future home ownership in the county.
ProQuest News and Newspapers

Sprawl City  Highs and Lows of Little Five

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Keating, Larry. Atlanta: Race, Class, and Urban Expansion.
emple University Press, 2001.
Call # Decatur HC108.A75 K4 2001
Atlanta, the epitome of the New South, is a city whose economic growth has transformed it from a provincial capital to a global city, one that could bid for and win the 1996 Summer Olympics. Yet the reality is that the exceptional growth of the region over the last twenty years has exacerbated inequality, particularly for African Americans. Atlanta, the city of Martin Luther King, Jr., remains one of the most segregated cities in the United States.

Kruse, Kevin Michael. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism.
Princeton University Press, 2005.
Call # F294.A89 A233 2005
In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin Kruse explains the causes and consequences of "white flight" in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms.
Note: This books is not on any campus as of February 2020.

Pomerantz, Gary M. Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: The Saga of Two Families and the Making of Atlanta.
Scribner, 1996.
Call # F294.A853 A28 1996
There is an intersection in Atlanta where two worlds meet; where the architecture changes dramatically, the texture of the buildings reflecting two histories, separate and distinct. It is a crossing of two boulevards for dreamers in the South, white and black.

Stokes, Stephannie.
"How Atlanta Became The Capital Of Income Inequality."
Atlanta, 31 October, 2018,

The city of Atlanta regularly shows up at the top of lists on income inequality. But there may be more to the story than the ranking.

Thompson, Joseph F., and Robert Isbell. Atlanta: A City of Neighborhoods.
University of South Carolina Press, 1994.
Call # F294.A843 T48 1994
Looks at the South's leading metropolis not as the home of a pennant-winning baseball team or as the capitol of Georgia or even as the host of the 1996 Olympics but rather as the sum of more than 325 neighborhoods.

Wilson, Charles Reagan., et al. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Volume 15: Urbanization.
The University of North Carolina Press, 2010,
Call # Ebook Central F209 .N4715 2010
This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers a current and authoritative reference to urbanization in the American South from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, surveying important southern cities individually and examining the various issues that shape patterns of urbanization from a broad regional perspective.
Ebook Central

The Atlanta Paradox Atlanta: Race, Class and Urban Expansion

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Race in Atlanta

Allen, Frederick. Atlanta Rising: The Invention of an International City, 1946-1996.
Longstreet Press, 1996.
Call # F294.A857 A53 1996
Drawing from personal papers, private correspondence, and the authors own intimate knowledge of the major players, we find the complex workings of a city constantly reinventing itself.

Bayor, Ronald H. Race and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Atlanta.
The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
Call # EBSCOHost eBook Collection
Atlanta is often cited as a prime example of a progressive New South metropolis in which blacks and whites have forged'a city too busy to hate. But Ronald Bayor argues that the city continues to bear the indelible mark of racial bias. Offering the first comprehensive history of Atlanta race relations, he discusses the impact of race on the physical and institutional development of the city from the end of the Civil War through the mayorship of Andrew Young in the 1980s.
EBSCOHost eBook Collection.

Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America.
4th ed., Johnson Pub. Co., 1969.
Call # E185 .B4 1969
Traces black history from its origins in the great empires of western Africa, the transatlantic journey to slavery, through Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, and the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s.

Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.
Oxford University Press, 2011.
Call # KF4757 .B76 2011
In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta--the South's largest and most economically important city--from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and many sophisticated approaches to activism. Long before "black power" emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a new name, African Americans in Atlanta debated the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain social and economic justice

Dittmer, John.
"Too Busy to Hate : Race, Class, and Politics in TwentiethCentury Atlanta."
The Georgia Historical Quarterly,

vol. 81, no. l, 1997, pp. 103— 117.

A review of three books about Atlanta history, with a focus on African American history.
Eileen H. Kramer

Grady-Willis, Winston A. Challenging U.S. Apartheid: Atlanta and Black Struggles for Human Rights, 1960-1977.
Duke University Press, 2006.
Call # F294.A89 N4387 2006
Challenging U.S. Apartheid is an innovative, richly detailed history of Black struggles for human dignity, equality, and opportunity in Atlanta from the early 1960s through the end of the initial term of Maynard Jackson, the city's first Black mayor, in 1977. Winston A. Grady-Willis provides a seamless narrative stretching from the student nonviolent direct action movement and the first experiments in urban field organizing through efforts to define and realize the meaning of Black Power to the reemergence of Black women-centered activism.

Hagen, Lisa.
"Evolving Civil Rights In The ‘City Too Busy to Hate.’"
Atlanta, 26 October 2017,

Metro Atlanta has a lot to offer today’s social justice activists: economic inequality, police violence, the Mount Rushmore of the Confederacy. But how can these things still be in a place known for its central role in American civil rights history?

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Hannah-Jones, Nikole et. al.
The 1619 Project, New York Times,2019,
The Pulitzer Center, 2020,

No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is fi nally time to tell our story truthfully.
"Cover." The 1619 Project.

Hornsby, Alton. Black Power in Dixie: a Political History of African Americans in Atlanta.
University Press of Florida, 2009.
Call # F294.A89 N4443 2009
Atlanta stands out among southern cities for many reasons, not least of which is the role African Americans have played in local politics. This work offers the first comprehensive study of black politics in the city.

Kanell, Michael.
"Can You Go from Rags to Riches in Atlanta? Expert Says it's Long Odds."
TCA Regional News,
Oct 06, 2016,
ProQuest News and Newspapers

Economically, that is: a number of experts say it may not be good that there is such a huge gap between poor and rich, but that's not the whole story. Mobility matters: inequality isn't so important if someone born near the bottom of the heap can power their way skyward with talent and hard work. And where, you might ask, is Atlanta when it comes to that mobility?
ProQuest News and Newspapers

McDermott, Monica. Working-Class White: the Making and Unmaking of Race Relations.
University of California Press, 2006.
Call # E184.A1 M136 2006
This lively, informative study provides an intimate view of the lived experience of race in urban America from a unique vantage: the corner store. Sociologist Monica McDermott spent a year working as a convenience store clerk in white working class neighborhoods in Atlanta and Boston in order to observe race relations between blacks and whites in a natural setting. Her findings illuminate the subtle cues and genuine misunderstandings that make up race relations in many urban communities, explore how racial interactions and racial identity are influenced by local context, and provide evidence of what many would prefer to believe does not exist: continued anti-black prejudice among white Americans.

Sjoquist, David L. Atlanta Paradox.
Russell Sage Foundation, 2000.
Call # EBSCOHost eBook Collection
Despite the rapid creation of jobs in the greater Atlanta region, poverty in the city itself remains surprisingly high, and Atlanta's economic boom has yet to play a significant role in narrowing the gap between the suburban rich and the city poor. This book investigates the key factors underlying this paradox.
EBSCOHost eBook Collection.

Decatur Train Station Mural courtesy of MARTA's web site

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