On White Supremacy, The New South And The Vision Of An Emory President


On White Supremacy, The New South And The Vision Of An Emory President


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Emory's original campus (now the site of Oxford College) was where "The New South" was born. Emory President Atticus Haygood spoke extensively on the tenuous but hopeful state of his region. The most famous of his writings was his Thanksgiving Day 1880 sermon, "The New South," which focused on the improving financial condition and the challenges of race relations in the South in the decades following the Civil War. "I, for one, thank God that there is no longer slavery in these United States," Haygood said in his sermon. "It is better for our industries and our business, as proved by the crops that free labor makes." Oxford College Associate Professor of History Susan Ashmore deliverd a lecture titled 'Thoughts on White Supremacy: Haygood, White Souther Moderates and the New South' in celebration of Emory's Founders Day 2009. For more information visit http://emoryhistory.emory.edu/enigmas/NewSouth.htm


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