Title

With Us, Not for Us: A History of Public Library Services to African Americans in Macon, Georgia, 1881-1970

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 2018

Publication Title

Middle Georgia and the Approach of Modernity: Essays on Race, Culture and Daily Life, 1885-1945

First Page

163

Last Page

179

City

Jeffferson, NC

State

published

Comments

By eve of the 20th century, Middle Georgia was a rural region transitioning from the aftermath of the Reconstruction Era into the modern age. This collection of new essays describes the lives of the common people of the day. A grisly mass murder underscored issues of race, class and poverty. African Americans struggled for self-betterment against the rise of Jim Crow. Women striving to overcome gender barriers found a hero in a pioneering Georgian female pilot. The government worked to protect communities from the influenza pandemic of 1918. Fighting boll weevils and declining cotton prices, farmers diversified crops and developed of a national pimento pepper industry.

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