In trying to decide which topics I’d write about in this blog, Georgia history was a no-brainer. After all, I’d spent my scholarly career outside the classroom as a historian of Georgia and the South. Most of my Georgia-related posts appear below, as part of the series I call “In Pursuit of Dead Georgians.” I know, I know, sort of “tacky” (though I prefer “whimsical”). These posts remain fairly popular, although their popularity is uneven: among the most frequently visited posts are those concerned with the removal of the Cherokee Indians from Georgia, perhaps because the topic is included in Georgia history classes in both high schools and colleges in the state. Another favorite topic, especially as the Fall semester unfolds in Georgia schools and colleges, is the Yazoo Land Fraud and its consequences. And, since I’ve spent the better part of fifty years trying to get to the bottom of Yazoo, I eagerly anticipate this annual “surge of interest” in the topic!
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- Old Newspapers, New Computers, and Occasional Frustration–July 5, 2010.
- Research Journal–December 18, 2010.
- Joseph Bryan and John Randolph–December 18, 2010.
- Governor Wilson Lumpkin–August 1, 2011.
- Governor George R. Gilmer and the Cherokees–September 1, 2011.
- Antebellum Georgia’s Dueling Memoirists, Lumpkin and Gilmer–November 1, 2011.
- A “Fourth Dimension” in Antebellum Georgia Politics–December 1, 2011.
- Unflattering Glimpses of the Georgia Legislature, 2012 and 1817–April 4, 2012.
- The Cherokee Phoenix, Part I—November 1, 2012.
- The Cherokee Phoenix, Part II—January 8, 2013.
- Georgia and the Federal Constitution, Part I–May 1, 2013.
- Georgia and the Federal Constitution, Part II–June 4, 2013.
- Georgia and the American Revolution, Part I–July 1, 2014.
- Georgia and the American Revolution, Part II–August 1, 2013.
- Georgia and the American Revolution, Part III–September 1, 2014.
- Georgia and the American Revolution, Part IV–October 1, 2014.
- Georgia and the American Revolution, Part V–December 1, 2014.
- Factions and Parties in Georgia, 1783-1806–February 2, 2015.
- A Scrappy Fourth of July!–July 1, 2015.
- Meanings of “Liberty” During the American Revolution–August 1, 2015.
- In [Digital] Pursuit of Dead Georgians–August 15, 2015.
- An Anti-Slave Trade Movement in Middle Georgia?–September 1, 2015.
- Religion and Politics in Antebellum Georgia–October 1, 2015.
- Creeks and Cherokees–Walking Native Ground–December 1, 2015.
- Tales from the Troup and Clark Era–February 1, 2016.
- Changing Views of Cherokee Removal–May 1, 2016.
- Life–and Death on a Cherokee Plantation–July 1, 2016.
- Historical Problem: Who was “A Citizen”? (Georgia, 1783-1788)—Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part VI; Part VII; Part VIII.
- A Happy Fourth, from Antebellum Georgia!–July 3, 2017.
- A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff--November 1, 2017.
- Georgia’s Notorious Yazoo Land Fraud, Part 1— December 1, 2017.
- Georgia’s Notorious Yazoo Land Fraud, Part 2–January 1, 2018.
- Georgia Visions, Part 1–April 16, 2018.
- Georgia Visions, Part 2–May 1, 2018.
- Draining the Creeks–June 1, 2018.
- The Story Behind “A Scrappy Fourth of July”–July 1, 2018.
- Georgia’s Yazoo Land Fraud and the American Constitution–March 1, 2019.
- State Rights, Nullification, and Indian Removal in Georgia, Part 1–July 1, 2019.
- A Post for the Fourth of July in Georgia, 2019–July 2, 2019.
- State Rights, Nullification, and Indian Removal in Georgia, Part 2–August 1, 2019.
- 4th of July Oratory in Antebellum Georgia–July 1, 2020.
- John Wereat and Georgia, Part I–December 1, 2020.
- John Wereat and Georgia, Part II–January 1, 2021.
- Factions and Parties in Georgia, 1807-1845, Part 1–April 1, 2021.
- Factions and Parties in Georgia, 1807-1845, Part 2–May 1, 2021.
- Another Antebellum Georgia 4th of July–July 1. 2021.
- The Yazoo Land Fraud and the Politics of Upcountry Georgia, Part 1–October 1, 2021.
- The Yazoo Land Fraud and the Politics of Upcountry Georgia, Part 2–November 1, 2021.
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For those interested in reading more of my reflections on history, here are links to several books on the subject:
Rancorous Enmities and Blind Partialities: Parties and Factions in Georgia, 1807-1845 (University Press of America, 2015)
In Pursuit of Dead Georgians: One Historian’s Excursions into the History of His Adopted State (iUniverse, 2015)
Politics on the Periphery: Factions and Parties in Georgia, 1783-1806 (University of Delaware Press, 1986)