Gay and Lesbian Atlanta

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For much of the 20th century, Atlanta was a magnet drawing newcomers from around the nation. Atlanta's growth from a small Southern town to a Sunbelt colossus in many ways parallels the changes that shaped America during those 100 years: industrialization, technological innovation, suburbanization, and battles over racial equality. Largely overlooked in the Atlanta story, however, are the experiences of lesbians and gay men. In a city governed by powerful business interests and an ethos of Christian conservatism, gays and lesbians maneuvered in ways both large and small, public and private, to find personal happiness, professional fulfillment, and, eventually, a political voice. Until recently, Atlanta's gay and lesbian history survived and perished with the memories of the men and women who lived it. Now a small part of that history has been preserved in this collection of unforgettable images.
ISBN: 9780738553771
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Images of America: Gay and Lesbian Atlanta is an offshoot of an Atlanta History Center exhibition, The Unspoken Past: Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History, 1940–1970. Most of the images are held in the collections of the James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, where coauthor Wesley Chenault serves as archivist. Coauthor Stacy Braukman, who received a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina, is a writer and editor in Atlanta.
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