When an institution is around long enough in a city, particularly one as important as the Atlanta Federal Reserve bank, a look at the history of the institution becomes a microcosm for the history of the city. A newly released report, previously unpublished, that was compiled back in 1968 offers a unique look at the Atlanta fed up to that point and indeed a unique look at Atlanta.
Even the author of the report is part of Atlanta history. In the more than 150 years as a city, Atlanta has had one official historian, Franklin M. Garrett. Garrett was also the historian for the Coca-Cola Company for 28 years and his “Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events” is as thorough an accounting of Atlanta from the first settlements in the 1820s through desegregation and the 1970s.
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