Atlanta’s sister cities

“The founding of the Georgia School of Technology I regard as the most important event, of a public nature, that occurred in my life” Nathan Harris said in his autobiography. At the time, he was a Macon politico and during the inaugural exercies for the school he “delivered a sharp assessment of Atlanta and the way it was preceived by other Georgians.” This is from a 1985 Georgia Historical Quarterly article about Henry Grady’s boosterism. I like that it dances around the favorite pun about “if Atlanta sucked as strong as it blew it would be a sea port”

Atlanta did not get along with its sister cities, said future Governor Nathaniel Harris. Her natural resources were not equal to those of many of her rivals, including his own city of Macon. She was shut in on the north by hills and mountains, giving an advantage to Chattanooga in that direction. “On the south she was met with a hostile front from Macon and Augusta, whose marshaled battalions fought over every foot of commercial ground between those cities and her border.” Atlanta had a “wonderful press to blow her horn,” continued Harris as Grady sat listening on the platform behind him, “and it did it with such unceasing and inevitable persistence, that often when smarting under the sting of defeat we forgot she belonged to the state.” Atlanta would try almost anything, said Harris, and an appropriate motto for her was “Get There Somehow.”

Very long article, available on JSTOR.org for the price of a free registration. Funny how that phrase still resonates 130 years later

GET THERE SOMEHOW

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