• Children of the Confederacy from Miss Hannah's school, Memorial day parade, 1910. Copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University.

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    Children of the Confederacy riding in the Memorial Day Parade in front of the Carnegie Library, Atlanta, Georgia, 1910
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    • 1910
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    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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    • Children of the Confederacy from Miss Hannah's school. Memorial day parade 1910. In front of Carnegie Library, Carnegie Way.
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    • Copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University. AJCP552-044c, Atlanta Journal Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
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    • Digital Library of Georgia; Georgia State University Library
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    • Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections

  • Children of the Confederacy, ca. 1910. Photograph shows the C. C. Sanders Chapter of Children of the Confederacy of Longstreet Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Courtesy of the Hall County Library System via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Children of the Confederacy
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    • 1900/1915
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    • Children of the Confederacy. Photograph taken around 1910. Photograph shows the C. C. Sanders Chapter of Children of the Confederacy of Longstreet Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
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    • Courtesy of the Hall County Library System via Digital Library of Georgia. Cite as: Children of the Confederacy, Hall County, Georgia historical photograph collection, Hall County Library System.
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    • Digital Library of Georgia; Hall County Library System (Ga.)
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  • A novel called The Carpetbagger. Courtesy of the University of California via HathiTrust. 

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    The carpetbagger; a novel
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    • 1895/1900
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    • Read, Opie Percival, 1852-1939
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    • Novelized from the play of the same name. Menendez. Civil War novels.
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    • Courtesy of the University of California via HathiTrust. Public domain. Learn more at http://www.hathitrust.org/access_use
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    • University of California.

North/South Dichotomy

In 1913, Atlanta was less than fifty years removed from the Civil War. Economic divides and resentments between North and South remained. The siege and burning of Atlanta, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Reconstruction were bitter memories for many Southerners, and the Southern economy still lagged behind the rest of the country.

People and industry from the North migrated to the South after the Civil War. Many Northerners who came to the South did so for economic reasons, and brought with them capital and experience. Although the money was welcome, Northerners who owned businesses were often resented and deemed “carpetbaggers” and “scalawags.”

Resentment of Northern-controlled industry is exemplified by this quote from the Atlanta Constitution on  April 27, 1913, by Dr. Charles Lee: “Our principles were not defeated when we surrendered at Appomattox. . . .There are other enemies, bitter ones, that must be fought—emigration, labor, the double standard of child labor and white slavery. . .” In this historical re-imagining, slavery becomes the crisis of child and female exploitation created by outsiders, but against which native-born white Americans from North and South could ultimately unite.

In Southern states, the Confederacy was cherished and romanticized. Confederate Memorial Day, established in 1874 and observed in Georgia on April 26, annually featured parades with Confederate veterans. In 1913, Georgia’s Confederate Memorial Day fell on a Saturday and a large parade was held in Atlanta to celebrate the holiday.