Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The financial and media capital of the American South, Atlanta has always found its formula for success through compromise. After the Civil War left it burned down to the red clay, this upcountry Georgia city reemerged, phoenix-like, by embracing a New South of industry and marketing. The Atlanta Constitution helped bring about a series of World's Fair–like expositions, such as the 1895 international expo that featured the “Atlanta Compromise” speech of black leader Booker T. Washington. Eventually, justice caught up with this attempted compromise on racial segregation, leading to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. New compromises over race were reached, led by the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, and native son Martin Luther King Jr. This set the stage for untrammeled growth of the metropolitan area and a positive international image symbolized by Ted Turner's Cable News Network (CNN). In the twenty-first century, the challenge for Atlanta's With ...