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Stories of Atlanta

A boost for resurgence

When Sherman’s army departed Atlanta in November of 1864 the city treasury was left with a grand total of $1.64, and, apparently, that was all in confederate money. To say the least, not much of a nest egg with which to begin rebuilding a city. But that would be just one of many obstacles that the people of Atlanta would overcome in their quest to rebuild. By most accounts, bringing Atlanta back to its prewar glory started before the war even ended and, two years after the war, the city was back bigger than ever. Many factors enabled Atlanta’s resurgence but there were two distinct groups of people who saw to it that Atlanta got off on the right foot and we take a look at those two groups in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”


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  1. David Hughes Duke February 4, 2019 3:31 pm

    Lance, I just wanted to say that I always enjoy your “Stories of Atlanta” features. Please keep up your good work!

    David Hughes DukeReport

  2. Lance Russell February 5, 2019 5:09 pm

    David thanks for taking the time to comment. I am familiar with your very fine work and am now wondering why we haven’t made the time to share stories over coffee. Let’s correct that. – LanceReport


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