Georgia Odyssey by James CobbGeorgia Odyssey by James Cobb

Georgia Odyssey

byJames Cobb

Paperback | May 25, 2008

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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.

JAMES C. COBB is the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia. His numerous publications include Redefining Southern Culture and The Brown Decision, Jim Crow, and Southern Identity (both Georgia), Away Down South, The Selling of the South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-...
Title:Georgia OdysseyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8 × 5.55 × 0.6 inPublished:May 25, 2008Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820330507

ISBN - 13:9780820330501


Editorial Reviews

If you want to know what makes the South tick, you might well look to James Cobb for insight.

- John Egerton