Upcoming Symposium on Atlanta After the Civil War

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Atlanta suffered a steep descent during the Civil War and ended it in worse state than any other American city in the history of the United States. Yet, Atlanta emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of war largely due to the people who lived here. Rich and poor, black and white, those born free and those newly free, male and female, Christian and Jew - the entire fabric of this fascinating southern city – rose up and redefined the "Atlanta Spirit." Join us for a symposium that will look to provide a deeply enriched understanding of this "Atlanta Spirit" and insight into the city's postwar miracle.


9:00 – 9:30 AM Coffee & Pastries

9:30 AM Why This History Matters – Douglas Flamming

9:40 AM Atlanta During the Civil War: The Long and Steep Descent - Seymour Goodman

10:15 AM Meeting Immediate Needs

  • “Atlanta’s Health Before, During and After the Conflict” – Martin Moran
  • “Reconstructing Atlanta: The Army’s Role” – Charles Crawford

11:45 AM Buffett Lunch with Poster Sessions by Yonatan Weinberg and Ali Yildirim

1:00 PM Commerce from Scratch

  • “The Market and the Meanings of Freedom: Reconstruction and Black Entrepreneurship in Atlanta” – Quincy Mills
  • “Rebuilding Atlanta: How and for Whom?” – Douglas Flamming

2:15 PM Reconstructing Memories

  • “Atalanta” - Jamil Zainaldin
  • "Atlantans Remember the Civil War” - Wendy Hammond Venet

3:30 - 4:00 PM Roundtable Reflections and Q&A

Please RSVP to Chris McDermott at


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  • Created By:Amy D'Unger
  • Created:03/13/2017
  • Modified By:Amy D'Unger
  • Modified:05/08/2017