The New South

By Chelsea Edwards and Emily King

Letter from the Editors

The following events occurred during 1877 to 1918

Table of Contents

1st Article- Death of Mary Phagan

2nd Article- Bourbon Redeemers

3rd Article- Plessy vs Ferguson

4th Article- Coca-Cola

Death of Mary Phagan

Mary Phagan was a 13 year factory worker. She was murdered while she was picking up her pay. Leo Frank was accused of murdering Phagan. Jim Conley was also accused of murdering Phagan. Frank ended up getting hung, while Conley was sentenced to life in prison for helping with the crime.

The Bourbon Redeemers

Each argued that Georgia's future was not in the agricultural economy of the past, but in business and industry. they used their wealth to re-establish the strength of the Democratic party. They were known as the Bourbon Redeemers. in order to maintain power they had to convince the citizens to place their trust in industry. They found an ally in Henry Grady, editor of the Atlanta constitution. Grady was the voice of the new south. ATL hosted an international cotton exposition.

Some resisted the New South

Supporters of the farmer alliance formed their own political party to challenge the democrats who had betrayed them. The peoples party, often called the populist party, fought specifically for farmers. The leader of the populist party was Thomas Watson. Threatened by the populist party, democrats began to pay more attention to farmers needs. By the late 1890's the populist party lost several members. the members that left became democrats. One of the people who left was Thomas E Watson.

Plessy VS Ferguson

In 1892 Homer Plessy was arrested for riding in the whites only section in a Louisiana railroad car. Plessy sued the court arguing that his equal rights were violated. the US supreme court said that separation was legal as long as the facilities were equal. Plessy was found guilty.

Homer Plessy

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Coca Cola began in 1886 when Dr. John Pemberton sold his first bottle in Atlanta Jacobs Pharmacy. in 1869 he experimented with extracts of coca leaf and kola nut, initially marking the drink as 'French Wine Coca'
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Coca Cola ad from the early 1900s