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Atlanta started as a railroad junction in the 1830ís and quickly became the transport hub of the south. Atlanta thrived until the Civil War, and during the war, the city was a major southern arsenal, transportation hub and primary target of the federal government. It was nearly decimated when General Sherman sacked the city during the Battle of Atlanta. Only about 400 of the almost 4,000 buildings remain standing.

Of course, ruin ended up working to the city's advantage, as it became the center for southern restoration. Atlanta became the state capital in 1868 and is now known as "The Capital of the New South." This is not just a title, as Atlanta is the birthplace and home of the world's most popular product, Coca-Cola and headquarters to such giants as CNN, Delta Airlines and United Parcel Service (UPS). Atlanta is also home to the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield International,

Atlanta's star rose not only as a center for industry, but also as a center for human rights. It is home to our nation's most famous civil rights leader, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who was born here in 1929. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site includes his birthplace, church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Atlanta played a large role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950ís and 1960ís and its status as a source for civil rights continues. Organizations such as The MLK Center and the Carter Center, from which former President Jimmy Carter helps improve human rights by resolving conflicts and spreading freedom around the world, still lead the way in the fight for civil rights today.

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