"Tells a fascinating story about race, gender, and class."
—Nan Enstad, University of Wisconsin
"A careful, well-researched and incisive study of the role of working-class women in the shaping of Atlanta . . . [This] is a fine study which brings the issue of gender fully into an understanding of Atlanta's development."
"Like Tera Hunter and Peggy Pascoe, Hickey nicely captures some of the resistance to reform that working-class women showed. . . . Hickey effectively portrays both black and white working women and reformers, pointing to moments of intersection and moments of difference between the races. Her story of working-class women and those concerned with them is an important addition to women's history and urban history."
—Journal of American History
"Hickey's work will go a long way toward opening up new channels for the discovery of women's voices. Using the urban development of a southern city as a backdrop to the issues of class and gender, the author has done an exceptional job of providing the reader with new interpretations."
—African American Review
"Inspired by the work of Christine Stansell, Joanne Meyerowitz, and Kathy Peiss, among others, Hickey expands our dialogue about the first generation of single working women to include women in the South's premier city. . . . This book is an engagiing read and a significant contribution to our understanding of the roles of gender and race in the process of urbanization."
"Hickey's work provides an innovative approach to the New South city. In the end, the reader is compelled to consider how Atlanta's leaders created new perspectives on what it meant to live and work in the city. Hickey's efforts provide scholars struggling to define Atlanta's shifting identity new insight into how they defined respectability, morality, and social order in the New South."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
Using period newspapers, municipal documents, government investigations, organizational records, oral histories, and photographic evidence, Hope and Danger in the New South City relates the experience of working-class women across lines of race—as sources of labor, community members, activists, pleasure seekers, and consumers of social services—to the process of urban development.
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