Georgia Odyssey is a lively survey of the
state's history, from its beginnings as a European colony
to its current standing as an international business mecca, from
the self-imposed isolation of its Jim Crow era to its role as host
of the centennial Olympic Games and beyond, from its long reign as
the linchpin state of the Democratic Solid South to its current
dominance by the Republican Party. This new edition incorporates
current trends that have placed Georgia among the
country's most dynamic and attractive states, fueled the
growth of its Hispanic and Asian American populations, and
otherwise dramatically altered its demographic, economic, social,
and cultural appearance and persona.
"The constantly shifting cultural landscape of contemporary
Georgia," writes James C. Cobb, "presents a jumbled panorama of
anachronism, contradiction, contrast, and peculiarity." A Georgia
native, Cobb delights in debunking familiar myths about his state
as he brings its past to life and makes it relevant to today. Not
all of that past is pleasant to recall, Cobb notes. Moreover, not
all of today's Georgians are as unequivocal as the tobacco
farmer who informed a visiting journalist in 1938 that "we
Georgians are Georgian as hell." That said, a great many Georgians,
both natives and new arrivals, care deeply about the
state's identity and consider it integral to their own.
Georgia Odyssey is the ideal introduction to our past and
a unique and often provocative look at the interaction of that past
with our present and future.
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