THE STORY'S CONTEXT
Why tell the story of Asaph Perry? As a normal or "average"
person, does Asaph warrant our attention? The answer to these questions
is as much rooted in a place as the person who occupies our attention.
We would suggest that Asaph's story is interesting because he represents
the convergence in a single place of two dramatically different
ways of life. Simply conceived these ways of life might be thought
of as rural and urban. Asaph lived at the edge of a change that
was and still is emblematic of Canton, Georgia, the place he called
home. Much of that change related to technology.
NEXT: Technological change