"Grace Towns Hamilton's story should be read by all who want to know the whole story of the South's racial revolution."
"This biography of Grace Towns Hamilton makes a contribution to several overlapping fields: the history of twentieth-century Atlanta and Georgia, the history of the post-World War II civil rights movement, and the history of women's political activism. What comes to light in this book is a fascinating political figure whose career encompasses the many changes of the twentieth-century South."
"A member of Atlanta's elite black middle class, Hamilton practiced conciliation, negotiation, and interracial cooperation and achieved results, e.g., increased black voter registration, better housing, improved education and healthcare, and a new Atlanta city charter. She won respect from white politicians but received little approval from the younger, more militant generation of black political leaders. Using oral history and archival material, the authors movingly portray Hamilton as an agent for racial equality."
"Spritzer and Bergmark have significantly expanded our understanding of Hamilton's influence and impact on southern politics."
—Rudolph P. Byrd
"Spritzer and Bergmark have captured the velvet essence of 'the most influential black woman of the twentieth century in Atlanta."
Lorraine Nelson Spritzer and Jean B. Bergmark examine two generations of African American history to give the long view of Hamilton's activism. The life spans of Hamilton and her father, an Atlanta University professor who was her greatest mentor, encompassed the best and worst of the African American experience, inevitably shaping Hamilton's outlook and achievements.
Read more about Grace Towns Hamilton at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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