1. Why is Henry Grady referred to as the "Spokesman of the South"?
Henry Grady led a one-man campaign to bring prosperity to the south. In a speech delivered in New York, Grady brought together key ideas for the New South, including northern investment in the south and southern industrial growth. As the editor for The Atlanta Constitution, Grady touted Atlanta as the ideal location for industry and investment.
2. Describe the kind of impact newspapers had on Georgia elections during this time.
As the editor for The Atlanta Constitution and a staunch supporter of the Atlanta Ring (a group of democrats advocating for new southern industries) Henry Grady used the newspaper as a platform to voice his political views. He was successful in helping elect several Ring members to high office, including the US Senate and the Georgia Governor. This success demonstrates the power and influence of the media.
3. Why would Grady have downplayed the situation of African Americans in Georgia during the late 1800s?
Henry Grady wanted to bring northern industries to the south. If northerners were aware of the poor conditions that African Americans faced, they likely would not have invested in the south.