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Vol. 3, No. 3: Sports in the South

Southern Culture at the Crossroads: Presenting the South at the Centennial Olympic Games

by George Holt

Atlanta has been a city on the move throughout its history, restless, seeking distinction and grandeur, and ever reinventing itself in the process. Far from destroying the railhead community of 10,000 during the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman unleashed a relentless spirit of enterprise and civic boosterism that continues today. It is hard to imagine a pursuit better suited to the city’s ambitions than the capture of the Centennial Olympic Games. Who could argue that Atlanta was anything but a world-class city with such a glorious prize in hand?

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
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