The Civil War and Reconstruction in Georgia, Part 1

Above: Sherman’s March to the Sea (Savannah Campaign), 1864 This post is excerpted from The Way It Was in the South: The Black Expericience in Georgia by Donald L. Grant and Jonathan Grant (University of Georgia Press, 2001). All rights reserved. Publishing to critical acclaim, The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia was an American Heritage Editors’ Choice selection and also won Georgia’s “Author of the Year” honors for Dr. Grant. About the Author:  Donald Grant (1919?88) received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri and was professor of history at Fort Valley State College (now University) in Middle Georgia.  He was also the author of The Anti?Lynching Movement: 1883-1932.  And how this book came to be published after my…

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July 4: Atlanta Police turn violent against ICE protesters

There were protests of the Trump Administrations cruel and inhumane immigration policies all over the U.S. on June 30, including this one in Atlanta that featured a march and rally with speeches by Congressmen Hank Johnson and John Lewis. Peaceful and well-organized–protesters were even nice to the Department of Homeland Security police car. Meanwhile, there was also a less-publicized, more contentious Occupy protest of ICE at the Atlanta Detention Center that weekend. That was marked by mutual animosity between protesters camping out and Atlanta police who wanted to break up the protest by removing fixtures and banners. According to one protester, officers stood by while several trans protesters were physically attacked by a transphobic passerby, ignoring him as he landed blows and…

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Dismal Week One primary runoff vote totals for DeKalb County. Wonder why?

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Above: Week One primary runoff vote totals for DeKalb County, which declined to open additional polling sites outside its Memorial Drive office. So no early voting inside Georgia’s Sixth District, home to 100,000 DeKalb voters. This was a terrible decision, and quite vote-suppressing, though the Board would never admit it. Here’s the background. DeKalb’s countywide turnout so far: 0.003 (3/10ths of 1 percent) Source: DeKalb Board of Elections If you’re a DeKalb voter and don’t want to drive to the Board of Elections offices, vote absentee. Check out the foolproof steps to voting absentee. Also, there’s other breaking DeKalb County voting news. Turns out Rep. Scott Holcomb‘s been getting robbed of hundreds of votes every election since 2012. Read…

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Major Georgia voting snafu has robbed 100s of votes from Rep. Scott Holcomb for years

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Going back at least to 2012, a major error by either Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp‘s office or the DeKalb County Board of Elections has put nearly 700 voters who should be in Democratic Rep. Scott Holcomb’s House District 81 in (up until recently) safe Republican House District 79. Bear in mind, Doraville North is a reliably blue precinct, giving Democratic candidates hefty majorities. Jon Ossoff took Doraville North last year with 75 percent of the vote. These voters would have increased Holcomb’s victory margin in 2016 by about 200, and they are even more crucial in a mid-term election, when turnout is typically lower. Here’s what happened: A portion of Doraville North extends east past Buford Highway around…

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Senate panel agrees with Intel agencies: Russia pushed for Trump victory in 2016

From Reuters: WASHINGTON – A Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday supports three U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Republican-led committee’s finding suggests the panel continues to conduct a bipartisan inquiry into the issue amid political rancor between Republicans and Democrats on allegations that Moscow interfered in the election. “The Committee finds that the overall judgments issued in the ICA were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong.” Read the Report

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Protesting Kafka for kids: Atlanta’s huge “Families Belong Together” march, rally

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Families belong together. Across the United States, that was the message at 750 protests protesting the Trump Administration’s horribly cruel immigration policies that includes separating families, keeping kids in cages and putting toddlers on trial without an attorney. The sheer ugliness of the “zero tolerance” plan is beyond belief, even surreal: Kafka for kids. Several million marchers across the U.S. I haven’t seen any authoritative crowd estimates for the march and rally here in Atlanta (AJC gave a lame “several thousand”) but it was huge. I was in the middle of the march and I’d guesstimate it was at least 7,500 and maybe 10,000. (DIY crowd estimate.I didn’t see the doll babies in cages some protesters marched with,…

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