"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."
"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."
But Habersham's story is more than biography. It also provides a window into colonial Georgia and its transformation from a struggling colony on the brink of collapse in the 1740s to a prosperous province in the 1770s, confident enough to defy the Crown. Ranging over such topics as the rise of Methodist missionary fervor, the development of transatlantic trade, the introduction of slavery, and the escalating debate over American independence, Frank Lambert tells how Habersham's success is inextricably tied to Georgia's fortunes and how he played a major role in helping the colony exploit its abundant resources. Habersham's economic development plan provided a blueprint for attracting new settlers, supplying an abundance of cheap labor, and opening new markets.
Habersham's achievements, however, are obscured by his unpopular stance on American independence. While his three sons distinguished themselves as Patriots, Habersham remained loyal to the Crown, though he had opposed Britain's new imperial policies in the 1760's. Nevertheless, it was Habersham's loyal service to colonial Georgia that enabled the colony to separate successfully from the mother country and assume its place in the new republic as a prosperous, vigorous state.
Read more about James Habersham at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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