Richly detailed. . . . Hornsby's summary of the scholarly theories that have been used to explain African American leadership is a valuable bonus. Particularly useful for scholars of Dixie.
This deeply researched work makes a crucial contribution to southern and African American history.
-- Journal of American History
There is definite value to Hornsby's exploration of how this group's singular focus on electoral politics had mixed political outcomes for the majority of African Americans. Most important, Black Power in Dixie shows that increased numbers of black elected officials did not reduce black poverty or result in long-term economic development for Atlanta's African Americans. It not only enriches the historiography on Atlanta but also makes an important contribution to the vital field of postwar black freedom struggles.
--Journal of Southern History
Offers a revealing genealogy of a politically active black community and the complex political machinery of one of the South's most important cities.
--Journal of African American History
Hornsby succeeds masterfully in synthesizing a vast array of secondary and primary sources into a highly readable account of black politics in Atlanta.
--American Historical Review
Provides an analysis of how one of the most important southern cities managed, adapted and coped with the struggle for racial justice.
--Ethnic and Racial Studies