John Wellborn Root (1850-1891)

John Wellborn Root (1850-1891)

The architect John Wellborn Root, a Georgia native, became one of the key figures in the nationally significant Chicago school of skyscraper design. He designed one of the most significant buildings in Atlanta, the Equitable Building.
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Carson McCullers (1917-1967)

Carson McCullers (1917-1967)

With a collection of work including five novels, two plays, twenty short stories, more than two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children's verse, a small number of poems, and an unfinished autobiography, Carson McCullers is considered to be among the most significant American writers of the twentieth century.
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Janice Daugharty (b. 1944)

Janice Daugharty (b. 1944)

Since 1994 Janice Daugharty has published a volume of short fiction, six novels, and numerous short stories and essays. She has built a national reputation as a chronicler of life and people in south Georgia and is one of the state's most popular and prolific contemporary authors.
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<i>Heaven Bound</i>

Heaven Bound

Heaven Bound, an African American folk drama that portrays the struggles and pitfalls of a group of pilgrims striving to reach the gates of heaven, was first performed on February 17, 1930, at the Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta. It was hailed soon after as "the first great American folk drama" by the Theatre Guild and has been performed annually ever since.
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Georgia Mountain Fair

Georgia Mountain Fair

The Georgia Mountain Fair is held every summer in Hiawassee, the seat of Towns County. Attendance has grown from 2,000 in its 1950 inaugural event to 100,000 in recent years.
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Crackers

Crackers

The epithet cracker has been applied in a derogatory way, like redneck, to rural, non-elite white southerners, more specifically to those of south Georgia and north Florida. Folk etymology claims the term originated either from their cracking, or pounding, of corn (rather than taking it to mill), or from their use of whips to drive cattle.
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Okefenokee Swamp Folklore

Okefenokee Swamp Folklore

The Okefenokee Swamp and environs are a distinctive folk region, shaped by Celtic ethnicity, geographic isolation, and Primitive Baptist religion. The swamp alone covers more than 700 square miles of southeast Georgia and northwest Florida. Indian peoples occupied the "land of the trembling earth" through the early 1800s, when most were driven out or forcibly removed by Europeans.
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Wiregrass Folklore

Wiregrass Folklore

Wiregrass country, named for its native tall grass (Aristida stricta), is a historic area of the South shared by south central Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida.
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Rafting Folklore

Rafting Folklore

Timber raftsmen played a major role in the economy of Georgia during the great building boom that followed the Civil War (1861-65). Their colorful story has eluded historians, but it survives in the folklore and oral traditions of south Georgia.
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<i>Swamp Gravy</i>

Swamp Gravy

Swamp Gravy, Georgia's official state folklife play, is performed annually from July to October in Colquitt
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