SYLLABUS: Atlanta Since WWII


This undergraduate course explores the political, economic, social and cultural developments that reshaped life in Atlanta from 1945 to present. Organized thematically and chronologically, it begins in the postwar period when the city’s economy underwent a dramatic period of expansion, proceed through the civil rights era when local activists challenged the city’s Jim Crow orthodoxies, continue through decades of suburban expansion that transformed Atlanta’s metropolitan landscape and conclude by contemplating contemporary debates over matters such as public housing and transportation policy. In the process, it provides a broad overview of the major themes and trends animating the recent histories of urban America and the American South.


Edward Adair Hatfield - History, Emory University

Edward Adair Hatfield – History, Emory University