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Rewriting Georgia's Racial Past, 1850s

Watson W. Jennison

in Cultivating Race

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134260
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135984 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134260.003.0009
Rewriting Georgia's Racial Past, 1850s

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By the 1850s, Georgia had emerged as one of the largest cotton-producing states in the South. In the course of a hundred years, it had transformed from a multiracial society in which people of European, African, and Native American ancestry contested for power into a slavery-based society where black and white had become synonymous with free and enslaved. This chapter examines how white Georgians explained this transformation, how they told the history of their state's rise, and how they defended the emergence of the slave system that came to characterize antebellum Georgia.

Keywords: cotton; European; African; Native American; white; black; free; enslaved; transformation; history

Chapter.  18017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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