1880 Atlanta is a city of 40,000 people, 15 years out of the Civil War, and full force into Henry Grady's "New South". Fairs and expositions were important tools for bringing business and industry and the 1881 International Cotton Exposition would bring 200,000 visitors to the Gate City. To quote the Constitution, “no city in the south has ever before had such an opportunity to enlarge its business connections, display its advantages, and add to its reputation." 

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