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Cracking the Solid South: The Life of John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech
By author: Lee C. Dunn
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H912
ISBN: 9780881465624
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John Fletcher Hanson was a rare combination of industrialist, journalist, and orator who spent most of his life in Macon, Georgia, rising from the ashes of the Civil War to become the leading voice of the New South. Many have assigned that role to Henry Grady, but while Grady was talking about a New South, Hanson was building one, by creating jobs, promoting Southern industrialization, and advancing educational opportunities. Georgia’s post–Civil War history cannot be fully understood without examining the life of J. F. Hanson, its most important New South advocate and industrialist. In bringing this remarkable man and his accomplishments to light for the first time, CRACKING THE SOLID SOUTH paints an absorbing picture of the economic, political, and social struggles that confronted Georgia after the Civil War and of the many ways one man shaped the course of the state’s history.

Wondering Toward Center
By author: Kathy A. Bradley
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P527
ISBN: 9780881465679
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Price: $20.00
In her second book of essays, Kathy Bradley continues her examination of the natural world as a prism through which to understand the human experience. With her family farm in the coastal plains of South Georgia serving as the anchor, Bradley uses her observations of animal life, agriculture, and the seasons to create what others have called parables, but what she calls “a map key or decoder ring” for some of the dilemmas of twenty-first-century life. The chronological stories, four years’ worth of tales that began life as newspaper columns, are inhabited by wild and unpredictable animals, civilized and unpredictable people, moons and cornfields, tides and floods and droughts—each described in sensory detail, each a metaphor rich in meaning. Bradley invites readers along on her wanderings in order that they might find their own meaning in the recounting of commonplace events and the lives of ordinary people.

Crackers: A Southern Memoir
By author: Bill Merritt
Product Code: P529
ISBN: 9780881465723
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Price: $18.00
Bill Merritt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the Vietnam War. A joyously unreconstructed Southerner, he looks on with amazement as Atlanta changes from a sleepy Southern town into the City Too Busy to Hate. This was the time of Martin Luther King and Ivan Allen, but also the time of Lester Maddox, the Temple Bombing, great moral certainties, Elvis, Klan rallies, the Cuban Missile Crisis, a corrupt political system keeping some of America’s finest statesmen in office (some since the Teddy Roosevelt administration), and a man named Armstrong walking on the moon. Merritt’s family is eccentric and colorful, occasionally courageous, often self-centered. This is the story of the way the Civil Rights Revolution looked to Southerners: to decent people trying to honor their heritage while realizing the time had come to let go of parts of that heritage, and how difficult that letting go was made by the outsiders who most wanted change. This is the story the way Southerners remember it—and tell each other.

To Lasso The Clouds: The Beginning Of Aviation In Georgia
By author: Dan A. Aldridge Jr.
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H916
ISBN: 9780881465747
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Price: $29.00
The story of the first airplane flight in Georgia has not been told correctly in more than one hundred years. The year given for this flight, 1907, is not correct, the plane identified as the first to fly never got off the ground, and Ben T. Epps, Sr. is incorrectly credited, solely, with achieving this feat. TO LASSO THE CLOUDS sets the historical record straight and brings to light the complete, incredible story of the two young men from Athens, Georgia who achieved their dream of flight. Epps and Zumpt A. Huff were described by one newspaper after that first flight as a “second pair of Wright brothers.” Most surprising of all, this book reveals their flight was the first flight of a monoplane in the United States—a record of which even they were not aware.

Sidetracked: Two Women, Two Cameras, and Lunches on Sherman’s Trail
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P531
ISBN: 9780881465754
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Price: $17.00
SIDETRACKED is a series of stories which chronicle the zigzag adventures of two authors searching for a better understanding of their state. Milam Propst and Jaclyn White are good friends who enjoy the creative process, love to chat, dine, and explore out-of-the-way places. Their initial plan was to trace Sherman’s March to the Sea and visit some of Georgia’s 3,000 plus historic markers along the way. While the journey would not necessarily spotlight the Civil War, Sherman’s path would provide them with a specific route. There was one slight disadvantage to the plan. Neither of the writers have any sense of direction. Because of this, they got sidetracked often, made countless U-turns, and frequently found fascinating stories by accident.

Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts
By author: Dorothy Padgett   Foreword by: Jimmy Carter
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H920
ISBN: 9780881465860
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Price: $35.00
In 1975, Jimmy Carter announced he would run for President. Under the new Federal Election Laws only $21.8 million would be provided for the General Election Campaign. A trivial amount compared to future campaigns. An army of loyal supporters, friends, neighbors, and elected officials, known as the Peanut Brigade, joined the campaign. They traveled across the country, joining Jimmy and Rosalynn, knocking on doors, standing at factory gates, walking streets, asking voters to vote for Jimmy Carter for President. In 1976, Carter was elected the 39th President of the United States and served one term. While the basics of his story are well known, they have never been told from the perspective of a “soldier” in the Peanut Brigade. Dorothy “Dot” Padgett, with an earthy, honest, and Southern voice, tells the story as if new to all of us. Humor and insight abound in this direct telling of how a peanut farmer from Georgia became President and leader of the United States. The secret is in his character, his morality, and in his being truly human.

Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H921
ISBN: 9780881465877
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Price: $29.00
ANDREW YOUNG AND THE MAKING OF MODERN ATLANTA tells the story of the decisions that shaped Atlanta’s growth from a small, provincial Deep South city to an international metropolis impacting and influencing global affairs. When Mayor William Hartsfield coined the term “City too Busy to Hate” in the 1950s, who would have imagined that within fifty years Atlanta would have the world’s busiest airport, rank as the eighth largest metropolitan area in the United States or, that this once racially-segregated city would host the Centennial Olympic Games and play host to the world in 1996? Atlanta provides a unique case study for an alternative vision of the relationships among leaders in corporations, government, and communities. The book tracks the development of the Atlanta Way, a strategy for economic development that features cross-racial cooperation—from the foundation in Reconstruction era Atlanta to the Olympic Games.

Education Unleashed
By author: Casey Cagle   Foreword by: Malcolm Mitchell
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P537
ISBN: 9780881465938
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Price: $19.00
What is the purpose of public education? Writing from his experience as a father, small business owner, and policymaker, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle presents a comprehensive vision to transform the way that public schools educate our students. Beginning with an idea which unites all Americans—that public education establishes the foundational promise of opportunity for all individuals by empowering us with the ability to learn, develop, and obtain anything we are willing to work for—Cagle makes the case for reforming our schools and rethinking the premise behind how we set and measure goals for student achievement. This is truly the challenge of a generation.

1, 2, 3 TEAM!
By author: Susie Gardner   Illustrated by: Tina Mullen
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H924
ISBN: 9780881465907
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Price: $16.00
Zoey has always been the star of the team. She believes she can win games all by herself. But when a new coach arrives, Zoey must learn that it takes more than one player to make a team. This read-aloud book follows one young athlete as she learns how much better it is when all players work together. 1, 2, 3 TEAM! will have your listeners yelling “TEAM” in unison before the final page.

Capricorn Rising: Conversations in Southern Rock
By author: Michael Buffalo Smith   Foreword by: Willie Perkins
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P534
ISBN: 9780881465785
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Price: $24.00
CAPRICORN RISING: CONVERSATIONS IN SOUTHERN ROCK is a collection of interviews with many of the stars, producers, and associates of the 1970s Southern record label, Capricorn, which was founded in the heart of Macon, Georgia in 1969. Author Michael Buffalo Smith collects word for word, the complete interviews with Capricorn artists including Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, George McCorkle, Bonnie Bramlett, Paul Hornsby, Johnny Sandlin, Chuck Leavell, and many others, providing a glimpse into the early 70s when Southern Rock was born in Macon.

Reconstruction in Georgia: Economic, Social, Political, 1865-1872
By author: C. Mildred Thompson   Introduction by: William Harris Bragg
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P538
ISBN: 9780881465945
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Price: $30.00
Fair-minded and comprehensive, C. Mildred Thompson’s RECONSTRUCTION IN GEORGIA (1915) has long been considered among the best of the state studies to emerge from Columbia University’s Dunning School. This coterie of graduate students in Professor William A. Dunning’s famed Reconstruction seminar produced studies of Reconstruction in their native states. Widely admired and appreciatively reviewed in their time, they were increasingly pilloried by revisionist scholars after mid-century. This new edition reintroduces Thompson’s classic to new readers as the Reconstruction Sesquicentennial gets underway. It corrects the major flaw of the original by including a full index, and also offers a detailed biographical sketch of the author.

A Cloud of Witnesses from the Heart of the City: First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, 1816–2016
By author: W. Glenn Jonas Jr.
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H925
ISBN: 9780881465914
Availability: In stock
Price: $35.00
The First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, North Carolina has an important presence as a leading community of faith in North Carolina’s capital city. This book examines the history of the church from its birth in 1816 to present. It is comprehensive and contextualized within the broader national, state, city, and denominational history over the last 200 years.

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