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James Habersham: Loyalty, Politics, and Commerce in Colonial Georgia (Wormsloe Foundation Publications) Hardcover – February 14, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Wormsloe Foundation Publications
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A Wormsloe Foundation Publication (February 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820325392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820325392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are many historical figures that have deservedly been neglected by history and historians; James Habersham is not one. He deserves to be rescued and to be put in the center of colonial Georgia, where he was when he lived. Frank Lambert sheds light on the workings of colonial mercantile culture and how a merchant class grew from a decidedly uncommercial colonial experiment. It is a pleasure to see this book and it is my hope that it marks a revival in scholarship of this early period."--Harvey H. Jackson III, Jacksonville State University

"Lambert adroitly links [it] all together, sketching the details of Habersham's life while using broad strokes to show its connection to larger men and events. . . . No account of early Georgia is complete without a portrayal of James Habersham."--Chuck Mobley, Savannah Morning News

"Fills a significant gap in the history of Colonial Georgia."--Choice

"Lambert's book is impressive . . . a good story [that] effectively interweaves Habersham's activities into the larger context of the Atlantic world."--American Historical Review

"Lambert presents a thoroughly satisfying biography of one of Georgia’s founding figures."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

“Habersham’s importance in the commercial and political development of Georgia merits an in-depth study, and Lambert has produced a solid and very readable biography."--Journal of American History

“Lambert’s masterful study of James Habersham (1715-1775) is a long-overdue assessment of one of colonial Georgia’s principle tidewater grandees . . . Admirably organized and lucidly written, James Habersham does ample justice to its subject and richly details the era and the world in which he moved. This is impeccable life-writing, vivid, judicious, and balanced"--Journal of Southern History

"A valuable addition to this field, and shares many of the strengths and a few of the weaknesses of the genre . . . rich absorbing, and significant . . . a concise and engaging overview of Habersham's life and times, which will provide scholars with valuable ammunition for further debating."--H-Net

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The first biography of a remarkable figure in early Georgia

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This is a must read for any serious student of Colonial America. I have read earlier works on James Habersham because I am a descendant of his through his son also named James. This work, however, provided me with a rich historical context in which his interaction with his peers was fully explained and played out. The "names" from history came alive. It gave me an understanding of that era that all other books had failed to convey. Of particular interest was how business was conducted across the Atlantic. Apparently aside from finding honest partners the key was the use of the written documents: those merchants who could be absolutely clear about what their remote partners should do/not do thrived while the rest withered. The book also explained James Habersham's switch on slavery in Georgia. South Carolina had it, but Georgia did not. Habersham analyzed the feeble economy of the Georgia colony and said that it was sick and would die were slavery not introduced. It was and he and his family thrived until the Civil War. History is what it is.
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