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Georgia Voices, Vol. 2 written by Hugh Ruppersburg

 

Georgia Voices, Vol. 2 written by Hugh Ruppersburg

Overview:

The second volume of Georgia Voices--a three-volume anthology highlighting the achievements of Georgia writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry--is a fascinating collection of essays, letters, diary entries, and speeches. Including selections by African Americans, women, and Native Americans, the anthology reflects the diversity of voices and experiences throughout the history of the state.

Spanning more than two and a half centuries--from Georgia's colonial beginnings to the recent decades of social struggle and technological change--the collection explores key themes in southern life as they have unfolded within the context of Georgia's growth and development: the struggle of early settlers against the wilderness; the plight of the Cherokee and the Creek; slavery and emancipation; war and defeat; reconstruction; the struggle toward and against modernity; the civil rights movement; the contemporary South; and the global community. The writings gathered here present a dramatic story--often sad or comic, frequently moving, and on occasion ennobling.

Taken together, these writings tell not one story of Georgia but many, sometimes conflicting stories. They are as exciting, heartrending, and vividly striking as any fictional account could be--from the plea by Cherokee Elias Boudinot before the Georgia legislature for his people to be allowed to remain on their native lands to Mary A. H. Gay's remarkable story of her courageous trek through enemy lines on the eve of the fall of Atlanta, from Alice Walker's struggle to understand her regional heritage to humorist Roy Blunt, Jr.'s discourse on the virtues and comic paradoxes of southern life.

Synopsis:

The second volume of Georgia Voices--a three-volume anthology highlighting the achievements of Georgia writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry--is a fascinating collection of essays, letters, diary entries, and speeches. Including selections by African Americans, women, and Native Americans, the anthology reflects the diversity of voices and experiences throughout the history of the state.

Spanning more than two and a half centuries--from Georgia's colonial beginnings to the recent decades of social struggle and technological change--the collection explores key themes in southern life as they have unfolded within the context of Georgia's growth and development: the struggle of early settlers against the wilderness; the plight of the Cherokee and the Creek; slavery and emancipation; war and defeat; reconstruction; the struggle toward and against modernity; the civil rights movement; the contemporary South; and the global community. The writings gathered here present a dramatic story--often sad or comic, frequently moving, and on occasion ennobling.

Taken together, these writings tell not one story of Georgia but many, sometimes conflicting stories. They are as exciting, heartrending, and vividly striking as any fictional account could be--from the plea by Cherokee Elias Boudinot before the Georgia legislature for his people to be allowed to remain on their native lands to Mary A. H. Gay's remarkable story of her courageous trek through enemy lines on the eve of the fall of Atlanta, from Alice Walker's struggle to understand her regional heritage to humorist Roy Blunt, Jr.'s discourse on the virtues and comic paradoxes of southern life.

Library Journal

The first volume (LJ 11/1/92) of this projected three-volume anthology of Georgia's literary heritage focused on fiction; now Ruppersburg (English, Univ. of Georgia) concentrates on a representative sample of the rich nonfiction writings of native Georgians or long-term residents. Among the writers appearing here are James Oglethorpe, Henry Grady, Erskine Caldwell, Martin Luther King Jr., Alice Walker, and Jimmy Carter. Through letters, diaries, narrative, and essays, the collection explores key themes in Southern life as they have unfolded within the context of Georgia's growth and development for over two centuries. Poignant recollections and the writings of Cherokee and Creek Indians are featured. An informative essay by the editor precedes each part, and a biographical notes section falls at the end. Although one could quibble with the selection, this is a carefully edited volume that will provide engrossing reading for both the scholar and general reader of Georgia and Southern literary history.-Charles C. Hay III, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Archives, Richmond\

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