What with state budget cuts and all, it’s even tough to muster up a guide at the Capitol.
Fortunately, there’s an app for that.
Tim Crimmins, a professor of history at Georgia State University, has developed a free iPhone app that gives you a guided tour of the place — and access to the history that occurred right on the spot, from the three-governors fight of the late 1940s to Jimmy Carter’s declaration in 1970 that the time for racial discrimination in Georgia was over.
It’s perfect for teachers bringing their classes for a look-see at the sausage factory.
And, oh, that video. The app includes this rare news footage of Lester Maddox shoving away black attempts to be served at his restaurant – narrated by Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News :
Say you’re in the Capitol rotunda. Punch a few buttons, and you can see Eugene Talmadge lying in state. He died shortly after being elected to yet another term as governor in 1946, setting off one of Georgia’s more unusual struggles for power. Here’s the first part of the tale:
To draw down the app, go to the iTunes store and look for “Georgia Capitol Tour.”
Much of the content is drawn from a 2007 book on the history of the Capitol that Crimmins co-authored, “Democracy Restored.” The iPhone project was funded with a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, Crimmins said – and the help of grad student Chris Escobar.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider