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MARK BAUERLEIN lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Atlanta was regarded as the gateway to the new, enlightened and racially progressive South. An atmosphere of respect and cooperation between blacks and whites and a progressive economic atmosphere made it seem that the days of Jim Crow were numbered. But Atlanta’s dream of escaping the haunting memory of civil war and human bondage was shattered in 1906.