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Articles on Atlanta History

Author Paul Crater

  • Paul Crater


Atlanta's "Berlin Wall"

December 18, 1962

In December 1962, Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. ordered barricades to be built across two Atlanta streets to discourage black citizens from purchasing homes in an adjacent all-white neighborhood. Read More

How Lester Maddox was elected

The bizarre "three governors" incident of 1966

In the Georgia Gubernatorial Election of 1966, Lester Maddox rode a wave of resentment over the advancement of the civil rights movement and finished in a virtual tie with Republican millionaire Bo Callaway. Neither won a majority due to former Governor Ellis Arnall’s third-party candidacy. After wrangling, the Democrat-controlled Georgia legislature selected Maddox as the winner. Read More