Beyond voting rights, Georgia wrestles with Southern identity
Identity, history, and voting rights are set to collide in Georgia’s gubernatorial election, reflecting an evolution of American democracy and a contest over what it means to be Southern.
Writing from her desk at Andalusia Farm, Southern writer Flannery O’Connor once recalled witnessing a Ku Klux Klan gathering on the courthouse steps here in Milledgeville, Georgia.
O’Connor’s eye zeroed in on a searing detail. Since it was “too hot for a fiery cross,” the robed mob brought one draped “with electric light bulbs.”
In December, Mary Parham-Copelan, the city’s first...