Maurice J. Hobson
The Legend of the Black Mecca
Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta
University of North Carolina Press 2017
Dr. Maurice J. Hobson’s new book The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) delves into the tremendously rich history of Atlanta, a city that has long been associated with African American achievement in a great variety of spheres–cultural, economic, and political. Atlanta is thought by many to be a model of Black progress in the U.S., a sort of standard by which other large American cities are measured. How did it gain this exalted status, and is it deserved? Listen in and find out.
Adam McNeil is a PhD Student in History at the University of Delaware.