About Ann Abrams

Hi, I'm Ann Uhry Abrams, author of Formula for Fortune: How Asa Candler Discovered Coca-Cola and Turned It into the Wealth His Children Enjoyed 

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and I live here still.  My mother and grandmother were also Atlanta natives, so the family is well-entrenched in local history and gossip. Because I have lived through many decades of my city's history, I decided to write my last two books about my rapidly changing city.  In addition to Formula for Fortune, I wrote Explosion at Orly, which tells the story of a plane crash in 1962 that killed 130 people, most of them prominent Atlantans. 

I grew up in Druid Hills with my brother Alfred Uhry, author of Driving Miss Daisy, Parade, and Last Night of Ballyhoo, all set in Atlanta.  After I graduated from Druid Hills High School,  I attended Sarah Lawrence College for two years before getting married and starting a family.  When my youngest child began kindergarten, I went back to school myself and eventually received a BA and MA in history from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Emory University.  In that program, I divided my classes between history and art history.  When I received my degree in 1975, I taught Art History at Spelman College for five years. 

In 1980, I was awarded a Smithsonian research fellowship at The National Collection of Fine Arts, now The Smithsonian American Art Museum. I spent a year in Washington researching my first book, The Valiant Hero: Benjamin West and Grand-Style History Painting, published by the Smithsonian Press in 1985.  Back in Atlanta I began teaching American Art part time at Georgia State University, Agnes Scott College, and Emory University.  During that time I published numerous articles in art history journals and curated several exhibitions. 

Since retiring, I've devoted my time to research and writing.  In 1999 I published The Pilgrims and Pocahontas: Rival Myths of American Origins.  Currently I am lecturing on Atlanta history and enjoying my family. I have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren.  My sons and five of the grandchildren live in the greater Atlanta area, and all will be shaping the future history of Atlanta.