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The Story Behind “A Scrappy Fourth of July” (In Pursuit of Dead Georgians, 29)

[Note:  Last time, I regaled you with “Confessions of a Historical Pack Rat,” a light-hearted look at where I’ve gotten some of the material for posts at “Retired But Not Shy” (hereafter RBNS) over its first eight years.  As it … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Historical Pack Rat: “Retired But Not Shy” at Eight

[ Note:  One question any new blogger should—but probably doesn’t—ask is, “Will I be able to find sufficient material to keep this blog alive?”  I know that I didn’t think about this question in May 2010, when I contemplated establishing … Continue reading

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Georgia Visions: A Continuing Drama in at Least Six Acts, Part 1 (Adventures in Interdisciplinary Land, 10)

[NOTE:  On two occasions, separated by more than two decades, I was asked at my school to address visiting foreign students about the history of the state of Georgia.  In 1985, the audience was a group of students from France; … Continue reading

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A “Founding Mother” on Political Partisanship—Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, August 18, 1804

[NOTE:  As a rule, I do not post at this blog about current American politics (for an exception, go here).  I usually limit that sort of thing to my Facebook timeline, when I “say something” about an article that I’m … Continue reading

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“Who Was A Citizen?” Historical Problem, 8: A Solution

[NOTE:  This is the final installment in the long-running “historical problem” aimed at identifying the author of Cursory Remarks on Men and Measures in Georgia, by “A Citizen,” which was published in Savannah in 1784. “A Citizen” first appeared on the … Continue reading

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Portrait of “A Citizen of Georgia” (1783-1788): Historical Problem, 7

[NOTE:  With this “historical problem” winding down, let’s see what information we’ve found that might help identify the author of the letters and the pamphlet signed by “A Citizen” between 1783 and 1785.  “A Citizen’s” identity was still a matter of contention as late as the … Continue reading

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William McIntosh, Jr. v. Seth John Cuthbert (1788): Historical Problem, 6

[NOTE:  The response to “A Citizen’s” 1784 pamphlet, Cursory Remarks on Men and Measures in Georgia, by the Sheftall family in 1785, criticizing the author as an anti-Semite, seemed at first to have ended the controversy.  Yet, the dispute was resurrected three years later, in … Continue reading

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The Sheftalls Strike Back: “Mr. Printer” (Two versions, 1785)–Historical Problem, 5

[NOTE:  Parts of “A Citizen’s” pamphlet, which was scattered about the streets of Savannah, Georgia, late in 1784, reeked of anti-Semitism.  Thus, it was no surprise that, early in 1785, the Sheftalls, one of Savannah’s leading Jewish families, responded.  Thanks … Continue reading

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“A Citizen,” “Cursory Remarks on Men and Measures in Georgia” (1784): Historical Problem, 4–The Pamphlet

“A Citizen,” Cursory Remarks on Men and Measures in Georgia. N.p., 1784.  Microprint:  American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.  30 pp. [NOTE:  If you have read the previous posts in this series, you know that you have embarked on an “historical problem,” … Continue reading

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The “Brutus Letters” (1784)–and a Note on Purchasers of Confiscated Property: Historical Problem, 3

[NOTE:  Beginning in the summer of 1784, Chief Justice George Walton, apparently with aid from his Revolutionary associate, Richard Howley, launched a series of letters in the Georgia Gazette attacking the administration of Governor John Houstoun for being, essentially, “soft on Tories.”  … Continue reading

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