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A History of Georgia [Paperback]

by Kenneth L. Coleman, Numan V. Bartley, F. N. Boney, Phinizy Spalding
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Book Description

March 1, 1991 082031269X 978-0820312699 Second Edition
First published in 1977, A History of Georgia has become the standard history of the state. Documenting events from the earliest discoveries by the Spanish to the rapid changes the state has undergone with the civil rights era, the book gives broad coverage to the state's social, political, economic, and cultural history.

This work details Georgia's development from past to present, including the early Cherokee land disputes, the state's secession from the Union, cotton's reign, Reconstruction, the Bourbon era, the effects of the New Deal, Martin Luther King, Jr., the fall of the county-unit system, and Jimmy Carter's election to the presidency. Also noted are the often-overlooked contributions of Indians, blacks, and women. Each imparting his own special knowledge and understanding of a particular period in the state's history, the authors bring into focus the personalities and events that made Georgia what it is today.

For this new edition, available in paperback for the first time, A History of Georgia has been revised to bring the work up through the events of the 1980s. The bibliographies for each section and the appendixes have also been updated to include relevant scholarship from the last decade.

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Editorial Reviews


"A highly readable volume that incorporates recent scholarship and revisionist interpretations. It will be both useful to scholars and enjoyable for general readers."--South Atlantic Quarterly

"This new history of Georgia is balanced, faces the facts of our past, and gives us an opportunity to learn the lessons of that past and profit by them. It is a fine gift to the citizens of Georgia, to whom it is dedicated."--Georgia Life

"Every state could use A History of Georgia as a model in organizing its inherently interesting past into a readable, compelling format."--Southern Living

About the Author

Kenneth Coleman was professor emeritus of history at the University of Georgia. The coauthors are all members or former members of the University of Georgia's Department of History.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; Second Edition edition (March 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082031269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820312699
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service. February 7, 2014
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Arrived on time.The book is in good condition and great price. I purchased this book for class and it's very informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best Georgia history so far July 15, 2013
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For a state as dynamic as Georgia, it's a bit surprising to discover so few good histories of it. While there are newer books, this one is, by far, the most comprehensive and effective.

Written by four contributors who are experts in their respective chronological periods, this book is a good, balanced attempt at 250 years of history from pre-1733 to about 1980. The editor manages to maintain the balance of the text by preventing it from becoming focussed on two or three critical events, such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, or the Civil Rights movement.

The chapters dedicated to colonial and ante-bellum Georgia are nicely fleshed out, while the chapters dedicated to post-WW2 are concerned mostly with local politics and feel forced. This is a common problem with historical writing in general, and is not an essential flaw of the book.

While this book is not a page-turning narrative intended to keep your attention like a novel would, it is the best single-volume reference work for the state. If you have interest in the subject, you'll find the textbook style tolerable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book February 1, 2013
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I had to purchase this book for class and it was quite confusing. The book is very poorly organized and the chronological order of events makes no sense. For example the book goes back and forth without warning with information presented, such stating a death of a person and then discuss the person again on the next page or chapter. There is a lot of information provided in the book, you'll just need to make your own timeline to keep track of things. I will keeping the book, hope the newer editions are edited better than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Georgia History August 28, 2009
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A good broad survey of Georgia history. However, it's quite out-of-date; it stops short of the last 35 years of the state's history. What little bit of the post Vietnam era is included are just tiny nuggets that foreshadow an geologic shift in the state's political economy, ruling politcal forces, and great social changes that have taken place since then.
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