The Revolution Is Not Over: Sedition and the Myth of Unisized Library Education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James V. Carmichael, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This spring marked the fifth anniversary at my very first opera, which I saw right across the street with my older sister and my parents at the Fox Theatre—it was “Carmen” with Risë Stevens, Richard Tucker and Robert Merrill. Back in those halcyon days, the Met’s coming to town was quite the event, and the little old lady pensioners would sit in their gingham dresses in rockers under the awning across the street at the Georgian Terrace and take social notes. I could hardly have had a more glorious introduction to musical theater, especially at the sumptuous Fox, but as was only five at the time, I fell asleep during the second act and woke up to find myself being carried down the stairs after the final curtain. My sister told me I had missed the murder and the tearing of a curtain as Carmen fell, and I have rarely fallen asleep in public since. In my college years, I learned more about the relationship between the Fox and the Georgian Terrace when I attended “Lohengrin,” and followed the crowds to the hotel bar between acts—Wagner was pretty heavy going for Atlanta at that stage. Frankly, Atlanta’s always touted itself as such a paragon of change that I’m surprised that either the Fox or the Georgian Terrace still standing. Heaven knows, there are other landmarks that didn’t fare so well in my lifetime—Lowe’s Grande, where GWTW premiered, and the locally famous Frances Virginia Tea Room upstairs, the markets, restaurants, bars on 14th & Peachtree, where hippiedom was born in 1967 at The Mandorla Art Gallery (now the area round the gentrified complex known as Colony Square), and the venerable Edwardian edifice of the Trust Company of Georgia Building where the formula for Coca-Cola was stored in a safe, and where Margaret Mitchell’s holographic three-page will was still on file fifty years after the movie of GWTW was made because business kept coming in, including a Japanese stage version with an all-female cast, with a live burning of Atlanta every night.

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Association of College and Research Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Section Preconference, American Library Association Meeting, Georgian Terrace Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, June 12, 2002.
Language: English
Date: 2002
Library education

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