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In Atlanta journalist Jim Auchmutey’s first book, the Americus High class of ’65 confronts its racist past

For nearly three decades, Jim Auchmutey carved out an enviable beat at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writing richly detailed features about race, religion, history, and food—all of which seemed to inform an overarching narrative of what it means to be Southern. In 2006 he covered a story about a high school reunion that has now become the subject of his first book, The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness (Perseus/PublicAffairs).

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