America's Black Capital: How African Americans Remade Atlanta in the Shadow of the Confederacy


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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.9 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Popular Music at the University of Connecticut. He earned his PhD in US history from Indiana University Bloomington and his BA in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut.


"Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar's America's Black Capital is a towering achievement. It powerfully captures the dynamism of Black politics in Atlanta--in great depth and sheer brilliance. This remarkable book is an inspiring work of history in which Black people take center stage as the key architects of their own destiny."
--Keisha N. Blain, coeditor of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Four Hundred Souls and award-winning author of Until I Am Free
"An illuminating and thought-provoking history of Atlanta from the 19th century to the present...Ogbar's meticulous account is both an eye-opening reassessment of the origins of African American political power and a significant contribution to American history."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A revealing history that points to a Black Atlanta destined to be an ever more important economic and political center."
"Jeffrey Ogbar has crafted a first-rate work of historical consciousness-raising. America's Black Capital is a stirring testament to the generations of Black Atlantans who, from the ashes of the Confederacy, raised a bastion of Black political power and cultural excellence. A tremendous feat."
--Peniel Joseph, author of The Third Reconstruction
"Spectacular! America's Black Capital is a landmark in Black history. Jeffrey Ogbar provides an expert excavation of how Atlanta came to be seen as the 'Black Mecca, ' including a deftly drawn origin story for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A dazzling book."
--Gerald Horne, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776
"Elegantly written and exhaustively researched, America's Black Capital is a brilliant chronicle of both Atlanta, the Southern city, and Atlanta, the metaphor for a segment of the American experience. Here is a saga of race, aspiration, war, ambition, and the tide of history told through the story of a single metropolis. Jeffrey Ogbar has produced a book that is every bit as vital and essential as the place he writes about."
--Jelani Cobb, coeditor of The Matter of Black Lives