View of Union officers posing on the porch of the Windsor Smith house, the headquarters of Col. Henry A. Barnum (4th from left), 149th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A., on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia; the house had previously served as the headquarters of John B. Hood during the Siege of Atlanta.
Credit Atlanta History Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center / Atlanta History Center
In this installment of “Voices of 1864,” we hear excerpts from a letter penned 150 years ago today by a Union soldier fighting under General William T. Sherman, in what would later come to be known as the Battle of Atlanta, a major turning point of the Civil War.
Alonzo Miller was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and 25 years old. He wrote this letter to his family two days after the battle.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.
The passage of 150 years has glossed over or romanticized much of the horror of the Civil War in Georgia. In her new book, "A Changing Wind--Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta" (Yale University Press, 2014), Georgia State University Professor of History Wendy Hamand Venet recounts many of the personal stories of our city's residents during that tragic time. Recently, she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...
Jack Kingston is traveling throughout Georgia to get his message out before tomorrow’s Republican primary runoff. The 11th term congressman is facing businessman David Perdue in a closely contested and bitter U.S. Senate race. WABE’s Michelle Wirth followed Kingston as he campaigned in Gainesville.
Kingston shook hands and mingled with supporters and undecided voters as they ate bacon, eggs and other breakfast food at a cafe in Gainesville.
On Monday, July 14th--smack dab in the middle of summer--Atlanta's newest high school will open its doors. The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is the 28th of its kind to offer a unique educational opportunity for its students. Bill Garrett is president of the school, and during a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss he explained what makes the Cristo Rey experience unique...
Today is July 2nd. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 50 years to this date in 1964, we'd witness a lawsuit being filed against the new civil rights law on behalf of the Heart of Atlanta motel. Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the landmark case with WABE's Steve Goss...
On June 27, 1864 the Union armies under the command of General William T. Sherman engaged the Confederate forces of General Joseph E. Johnston at Kennesaw Mountain in a battle that lasted seven days. WABE's Steve Goss revisits the event with Georgia State University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Clifford Kuhn...
Stone Mountain resident Peter Essick has spent more than 25 years as a photojournalist for National Geographic magazine, frequently focusing on the environment and man's effect on it. In his most recent book, Essick turns his camera on "The Ansel Adams Wilderness" (National Geographic Society, 2014) in the High Sierra of California as a tribute to the legendary photographer for which the wilderness area was named. Here the author speaks with WABE's Steve Goss...
It's been 50 years since "Freedom Summer" and the drive to register black voters across Mississippi. The events and forces that shaped that movement are recounted in a new book by former civil rights organizer and veteran journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., entitled, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed--How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible" (Basic Books, 2014). Recently, the author spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...
There aren't many people who have read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, nor are there many who would want to--with its more than 21,000 pages. Ammon Shea did, and then wrote a book about the experience ("Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages"). Shea has just published his latest book, "Bad English--A History of Linguistic Aggravation" (Perigee Books, 2014). Recently, the author shared a few words with WABE's Steve Goss...
This past Sunday was May 25th. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 114 years to that date in 1892, we'd be witness to the dedication of a new city hospital: Grady Memorial. Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...
About one in five Georgians lives in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
But what does poverty look like?
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Georgia wants to capture that in pictures. The organization is behind an exhibit called, “100 Profiles of Poverty,” which coincides with the organization’s 100th anniversary.
One of the profiles is 42-year-old mother Chanda Baptist.
The economy and securing a job continues to be a major concern for millions of Americans. Steve Hines is a long-time career counselor and job search coach who has just published the 19th edition of his book, "Atlanta Jobs" (CareerSource Publications, 2014). Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...
For many of us living in metro Atlanta who enjoy hiking outdoors, we typically look to north Georgia's mountains as the destination to satisfy that urge. But a new book entitled, "Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests--Intown and Out" (Milestone Press, 2014) reveals 60 hiking trails practically in our own backyards. Recently, author Jonah McDonald spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...
The Pass on Blessings Award, created by Carolyn and Andrew Young, is to affirm the giving spirit and actions of accomplished people who have used the bounty of their blessing to make a difference in the lives of others.
This week, WABE News presents the series we're calling, "Why Liberia?"
As part of a reporting trip paid for through a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, WABE's Jim Burress spent twelve days in the West African country looking at how it's rebuilding nearly a decade after its civil war ended, as well as how Atlanta is connected to those efforts.
The song inspired by the case of Betty Andrews and Frank Dupre has kept the famous 1922 Atlanta murder trial from fading from memory.
In his new book, "Hanging the Peachtree Bandit--The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank Dupre" (The History Press, 2014), author Tom Hughes revisits the crime, the trial, and the execution that captured newspaper headlines for months.
(the version of "Betty Told Dupre" included in this interview performed by Teddy Grace, 1939)
Twice each year, the Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS) holds one of the more unusual plant sales in the Atlanta area: they sell only plants that are native to the state of Georgia, many of which were rescued in the wild by GNPS members.
OurSong's Ellen Chase says that since its inception 12 years ago, OurSong's mission has been to take its mixed-voice message abroad. This year, the LGBT-focused Atlanta choral group is doing just that. It's one of just six US groups selected to perform this June in Dublin, Ireland at Various Voices.
OurSong recently paid a visit to WABE's studios to talk about the group, upcoming performances and raiding money for its trip to Ireland.
NPR's Michele Norris, former regular host of "All Things Considered," just won a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia for her self-funded work, "The Race Card Project." It invites people to submit 6-word phrases or sentences, describing their experiences and impressions of race in America.
In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Norris talked about how the project has grown, and about the effects it is having on people who take part in it.
The Drum Major for Justice Awards Gala commemorates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by providing a forum to recognize today's Drum Majors who are making outstanding contributions in our community.
Former President Jimmy Carter has authored books on a wide range of topics over the past four decades. His latest book, "A Call to Action--Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" (Simon and Shuster, 2014), addresses the suffering women and girls around the world. Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...
Flip on Daystar television at any hour of the day and you'll likely see the elements of modern televangelism: a stylish set, an emotional spiritual message and a phone number on the screen soliciting donations.
Based in a studio complex between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and broadcasting to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe, Daystar calls itself the fastest growing Christian television network in the world.
The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church.