Grady was the ""spokesman of the New South"", journalist, lecturer, orator, and the most prominent and influential Southerner of the period of Reconstruction and after. Eloquent both as speaker and writer, with a flair for showmanship, generous, genial and humanitarian, he fought consistently for the economic regeneration of the South, acted as ""pacificator"" between North and South, black and white, and was closely connected with many political events of the period. He was first heard of as Rome, Georgia's ""infant editorial prodigy"". Then he went to Atlanta, and after three newspaper failures, became Managing Editor of the Constitution. His career was one of prolific public activity, and an achievement in middle of the road liberalism. A sound place of work, fully documented, sympathetically presented, but of relatively limited appeal.