Changing Atlanta 1950-1999: The Challenges of a Growing Southern Metropolis

Thrower campaign headquarters at 136 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, September 1956, Randolph W. Thrower papers

Curated by Erica Bruchko, W. Michael Camp, Louis Fagnan, Kristin Morgan, and Laura Starratt, the exhibition will illuminate how Atlanta citizens confronted the trials of a rapidly evolving metropolis during the second half of the 20th century. It will focus on four areas:

  • The end of the county-unit political system in Georgia and the revitalization of the state Republican Party;
  • How Georgia responded to the federal mandate to integrate the public schools;
  • The effect of advocacy in social planning; and
  • The involvement of neighborhood associations.

“Many of the topics that we address in this exhibition are ones that are still being discussed in Atlanta,” says Starratt, who is also a manuscript archivist in the Rose Library. 

Related Events

April 12, 2016 (Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. “Changing Atlanta: Politics and Civic Engagement,” a panel discussion with curators in the Jones Room, level 3 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library

Learn More

Press Release

Randolph Thrower papers

Druid Hills Civic Association records

Community Council of the Atlanta Area records

John Sibley papers

Visitor Information

The exhibit is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 3.  Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free).  "Visitors" hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.

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