Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

by

James Weldon Johnson

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Formerly the largest historically black university in the United States, founded in 1865 by a prominent abolitionist group in conjunction with the Freedmen’s Bureau created to promote economic development and create educational opportunities for emancipated blacks. It was also James Weldon Johnson’s alma mater, and it merged with Clark University in 1988 to form Clark Atlanta University.
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Atlanta University Term Timeline in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

The timeline below shows where the term Atlanta University appears in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Music, Emotion, and American Culture Theme Icon
Secrecy, Purity, and Origins Theme Icon
...dollars. Altogether, his 400 dollars was enough for one year at Harvard or two at Atlanta, and he still had a “peculiar fascination with the South,” so he chose Atlanta. (full context)
Chapter 4
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Collective Progress and Individual Achievement Theme Icon
Seeking a place to stay before University started, the narrator asked “one of the Pullman car porters,” who offered his own place.... (full context)
Collective Progress and Individual Achievement Theme Icon
The woman mentioned that Atlanta University was actually opening that day, and the narrator and the Pullman porter walked over... (full context)
Collective Progress and Individual Achievement Theme Icon
The narrator went back to the university, intending to explain his situation to the University president, but realized it might all “sound fishy.” He reached the school’s gates and hesitated... (full context)