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When the panoramic painting known as the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama opened in 1886 in Wisconsin, its Northern audience delighted in celebrating the North’s Civil War victory over the South.  


Most American adults had lived through the historic conflict stretching from 1861 and 1865.  


But after the cyclorama moved to Atlanta in 1892, both the canvas and the story of the battle were reshaped into a point of Southern pride. 

This week in Georgia politics was all about the state's voting system. Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) filed a bill that proposed changing the voting machines from touchscreens to a new ballot-marking device. The bill also suggests changes to absentee ballots and voter registration.

GPB's Stephen Fowler stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the voting changes.


Today's show celebrated the complex histories of prohibition and Atlanta's Cyclorama, along with a preview of "The Bitter Southerner Podcast."

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Atlanta's cyclorama is back. The 18,000-square foot spectacle was looking faded and anachronistic by 2011 when the city considered scrapping it. Instead, the 360-degree image of the Battle of Atlanta is being restored, and it will reopen at the Atlanta History Center in February. Jack Hitt, the Peabody Award-winning journalist, author and co-host of the "Uncivil" podcast, joined us with his personal reflections on the cyclorama as well as some revisions of common beliefs about the painting. 

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This week, one of the largest pieces of Georgia’s Civil War history heads to its new home.

The panoramic painting Battle of Atlanta, also known as the Atlanta Cyclorama, arrives at the Atlanta History Center to undergo an extensive restoration.

But moving the massive painting, which is longer than a football field, hasn’t been easy.