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Cities of Knowledge by Margaret Pugh O'Mara

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Selling the New South: Georgia Tech and Atlanta

UNLIKE Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania, the Georgia Institute of Technology was a minor player in the boom in federal support of university research during the first two decades of the Cold War. A state-supported university founded in the late nineteenth century to foster the industrialization of the South, by the 1950s Georgia Tech was a modest place with engineering and science programs that were among the strongest in that part of the country, but that were by no means the national research powerhouses of Stanford and Penn. Likewise, prior to the 1970s, the Atlanta region was a place that, while prosperous and incredibly fast-growing, was hardly a nationally or internationally significant ...

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