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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Individual Development and Identity

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December 17, 1903

Erskine Caldwell

His novels captured the desperation of poverty in Georgia and seared that image into the American psyche.

Erskine Caldwell was born in Coweta County ...
July 06, 1901

Charles McCartney

It was easy to get Charles McCartney’s goat.

Born in Iowa in 1901, McCartney got hurt working for the New Deal WPA in 1935. A religious awakening ...
November 08, 1900

Margaret Mitchell

She just wanted to be known as Mrs. John Marsh.

Margaret Mitchell was her maiden name. Born in Atlanta in 1900, she lived away from the city only ...
February 01, 1898

Leila Denmark

She lived by two rules: love what you do and eat right. It clearly worked for Leila Denmark. At the age of 103, she was the oldest practicing pediatrician in ...
December 12, 1897

Lillian Smith

She was one of the first prominent white Southerners to denounce segregation, and she was a controversial figure all her life.

Lillian Smith was bor...
September 11, 1894

Helen Douglas Mankin

An ambulance driver, a lawyer and the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia* -- all stops along the way for Helen Do...
September 28, 1892

John Donald Wade

The rock of tradition versus the hard place of progress is an old Southern dilemma. John Donald Wade, born in Marshallville, knew it well.

Wade’s...

December 06, 1889

Robert Woodruff

Coca-Cola is now a worldwide phenomenon, but the man responsible took over when the company was still struggling.

Robert Woodruff was born in Columb...
August 05, 1889

Conrad Aiken

A childhood tragedy would haunt poet and author Conrad Aiken all of his life, and provide the psychological foundation for much of his writing.

Per...
August 06, 1887

Woolfolk Murders

Five years before Lizzie Borden and her axe became famous, nine members of the Woolfolk family were killed with an axe at their home near Macon in Georgia's fir...

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