The Booming Decade

The Start of the New Economy and Education

Coca-Cola: The Booming Business

It began in 1886 by the pharmacist John Pemberton. He was inventing"health" drink which included cocoa leaf and kola nut mixed with bubbly water. other pharmacists bought the formula and sold it to pharmacies to put in their soda fountains. some people bough the rights to bottle the drink and sold it that way. In 1914 a bottlers association was created by the coca- cola company. in 1919 Ernest Woodruff bought the company and made it world-wide.

Schools of Atlanta

Most colleges started out as high-schools by northern religious organizations. The oldest college was Atlanta Baptist College. After the Civil War, many African Americans went there for education. It was later known as Atlanta University and became the major source for African American teachers.

In 1869 Clark College was established by Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1988 Atlanta University and Clark College combined to form Clark Atlanta University.

In 1869 the only African American college for males was established as the Augusta Baptist Institute. It was moved to Atlanta in 1879 and took the name Morehouse College after Henry L. Morehouse who worked at the American Baptist Home Mission Society that supported the facility.

Klu Klux Krazy?

The Klu Klux Klan ( KKK ) was founded in 1886 by a group of Confederate Army Veterans. They made this group to show how much they disagreed with the Reconstruction era. They targeted those who moved to the north because of Resconstruction, those that were white, from the south and joined the Republican Party, and the freed slaves from the south. They used everything violent they could think of. The KKK wanted to control everything about the freed slaves including their political and social status. They wanted everything to go downhill for blacks. They wanted to be in control, so they used a scare tactic. In 1871, the Ku Klux Klan Act was passed by President Ulysses S. Grant. This Act enforced civil rights to be given to all citizens, no matter their skin color. All other KKK groups were prosecuted and sent to federal prison. Small KKK groups still existed throughout the 1800's through 1900's.