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CONTENTS

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FOREWORD

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pp. ix-xii

On October 14 and 15, 2008, the Department of History at Georgia Southern University hosted the Eighteenth Annual Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture Series. The speaker was Theda Perdue, Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Taken together, Professor Perdue’s lectures addressed the theme of race relations and the 1895 Cotton States Exposition and were among the most...

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PREFACE

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pp. xiii-xiv

In the 1990s, when I lived in Lexington, Kentucky, I went once a month to a weekend antique sale in a defunct tobacco barn. One day I spied a small brown cube in a box of odds and ends marked “$10.” It was a tiny cotton bale labeled “Souvenir Cotton States and International Exposition Atlanta Ga., 1895.” I knew that this was a memento from a pivotal event in the history of the South. I bought...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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p. xv

I was thrilled when Alan Downs invited me to present the eighteenth annual Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lectures at Georgia Southern University. Alan and the members of the lecture committee, Anastatia Sims and Lisa Denmark, gave me an opportunity to explore race in the New South in a narrowly focused way that eases me into a broader study on Indians in the segregated South. The...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-6

In the fall of 1895 Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, a world’s fair intended to encourage sectional reconciliation, attract northern capital, and stimulate international trade.1 Like the 1876 U.S. centennial celebration in... Philadelphia and the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the

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CHAPTER ONE. Beyond the “Atlanta Compromise”

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pp. 7-52

On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington made history. He sat on the auditorium stage for the opening ceremonies of the Cotton States and International Exposition. Washington was the only African American among the dignitaries assembled on the platform to inaugurate this celebration of southern progress, national unity, and international ambitions. With every seat occupied...

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CHAPTER TWO. Vanishing Indians

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pp. 53-95

In June 1895 the superintendent of the Cherokee Agency, located in the Great Smoky Mountains 160 miles northeast of Atlanta, wrote Charles Collier, president of the Cotton States Exposition, offering the services of North Carolina’s Fourth Regimental Band for one month during the fair. The band consisted of twenty Cherokee boys who attended the Cherokee Training...

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CHAPTER THREE: The Global South

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pp. 96-138

In the spring of 1895 publicity about the Cotton States and International Exposition piqued the interest of Samuel P. Hall of Petersburg, Virginia. Times were tough. The depression that began in earnest in 1893 seemed reluctant to loosen its hold on the nation, and the prospects for economic success were bleak. Hall was an enterprising young man, so he wrote to Isaac W. Avery, the...

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EPILOGUE

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pp. 139-140

The Cotton States and International Exposition closed on December 31, 1895. The buildings, intended to be temporary, gradually fell into disrepair and were demolished. In 1904 the City of Atlanta bought the land on which the exposition had taken place from the Piedmont Park Exposition Company. The park, which the exclusive Piedmont Driving Club originally had owned...

APPENDIX: Teaching the Cotton States Exposition

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pp. 141-142

NOTES

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pp. 143-172

INDEX

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pp. 173-182