Hi. Welcome to rebecca-burns.com
I’m an Atlanta-based author and journalist. Two questions drive my work: (1) what is the best way to tell a true story, and (2) how is a city shaped by its past? Those might seem pretty divergent, but I’ve merged those curiosities in a fifteen-year career as a city-magazine writer, editor, and digital strategist that has included writing and editing longform journalism and exploring ways to tell traditional magazine stories using newer tools like audio, images, and video.
My own writing focuses on Southern history, civil rights, and social justice. I’ve written three books about Atlanta history and am at work on a fourth. With the working title Second Burning of Atlanta, it chronicles the Great Fire of 1917. If you’ve never heard about that event, don’t feel bad; few people have—even though that fire caused greater damage than Sherman ever did. (That’s a picture of the flames spreading through Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.)
And if you want to see somewhat cheerier pictures from Atlanta’s past, you can follow my Tumblr Vintage Atlanta. (That’s a postcard from my collection and shows downtown Atlanta in the 1920s.)