A History of Georgia

Kenneth Coleman
Second Edition


"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

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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.

Page count: 480 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9.125

Read more about Georgia history at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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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.