Instructor: Wendy Venet
This one-day class focuses on Atlanta's history at a pivotal time: the Civil War and its immediate aftermath. It examines the city's transformation from Unionist enclave to Confederate city and the circumstances that led to freedom for Atlanta's enslaved population. The end of slavery was an important milestone but it
led to limited opportunities for African Americans.
Bio: Professor of history at Georgia State University for 25 years, I specialize in 19th century U.S. history and have published several books about Civil War Era Atlanta. They include A Changing Wind: Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta and Gone but not Forgotten: Atlantans Commemorate the Civil War