The thin, baby-faced man stood smiled nervously last week as a roomful of civic-minded Atlantans settled into their seats in the meeting hall of St. Lukes’s Episcopal Church downtown. Nathaniel Hendren, an assistant professor of economics who has spent the last decade matriculating or teaching in the august halls of The University of Chicago, M.I.T. and now Harvard, had the temerity to fly to South and face some of the residents his research dissed.
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