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The Short Life of Free Georgia
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The Short Life of Free Georgia: Class and Slavery in the Colonial South

Noeleen McIlvenna


This book tells the foundation story of Georgia, chartered in 1732 to be a charity colony for poor white Europeans. Southern history is most often viewed through the lens of race. But the philanthropist Trustees banned slavery for the first twenty years of settlement, so the political perspective of the poor settlers reflected the rigid hierarchy of social class as English people of the time understood it. The worthy poor were supposed to know their place and be grateful for the opportunity to work hard and fight for Britain, but they had ideas of their own. And, unfortunately for those who pl ... More

Keywords: Georgia, Colonial, History, Trustees, Whitefield, Slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624037
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624037.001.0001


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Noeleen McIlvenna, author

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