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Asaph was born in 1870 on a rural Forsyth County Georgia (external map) farm in the community of High Tower (external map), but lived most of his adult life 15 miles to the west in the Cherokee County town of Canton. Born the year Georgia emerged from Reconstruction, Asaph grew up at a time that exuded both confidence and remorse. A child of the "New South" Asaph would go places and experience life in a way that his father might have never dreamed. His parents, James K. and Arabella would end up with a brood of seven; Asaph being the third. He had two older brothers, Charles and Buman, and four younger siblings, Luis, Carry (the only girl), Tilden, and Gay.

 

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The idea that Asaph came of age in close proximity to the epicenter of New South boosterism at the time of Henry Grady's rise to fame, is a meaningful framework for exploring the underpinnings of Grady's ideas and the consequences of their implementation. Grady's famous 1886 speech to the New England Society of New York should, most certainly, be included in any activity. The speech is available from the Douglass Archive of American Public Address at http://douglassarchives.org