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Video: Henry Grady, A Georgia Biography

A passionate journalist and charismatic public speaker, Henry Woodfin Grady was known as the “The Spokesman of the New South.” In the late 19th Century, he engaged in a near one-man campaign to bring prosperity to Atlanta and the rest of the South, so damaged and depressed from the recent American Civil War. Using his powerful voice as editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Grady helped elect like-minded politicians to high office, including the governor’s office. While controversial, his belief that Northern investment in the South could change it from a region of farms into a region of industry was eventually widely accepted. Grady’s movement fixed fast-growing Atlanta as the hub of the New South, and it spurred the economic growth of the entire region. He died young, at age 39, but his brief career was brilliant and influential.