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Maurice J. Hobson

The Legend of the Black Mecca

Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta

University of North Carolina Press 2017

New Books in African American StudiesNew Books in American StudiesNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network January 2, 2019 Adam McNeil

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...

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.