Opening   Why Asaph   Technological Change   The 20th Century


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.


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