"This is the most thorough, comprehensive treatment of the American Revolution in Georgia ever written."
—Edward J. Cashin, Director Emeritus, Center for the Study of Georgia History, Augusta State University
"Georgia is a fascinating case of wartime disruptions and accommodations, and Hall presents a very detailed analysis of the effects of war in an important addition to the small but growing literature on Colonial Georgia and the Revolution in the South."
Then came the Revolution and its many threats to the orderly systems by which property was acquired and protected. As rebel and royal leaders vied for the support of Georgia’s citizens, says Leslie Hall, allegiance became a prime commodity, with property and the preservation of owners’ rights the requisite currency for securing it.
As Hall shows, however, the war’s progress in Georgia was indeterminate; in fact, Georgia was the only colony in which British civil government was reestablished during the war. In the face of continued uncertainties--plundering, confiscation, and evacuation--many landowners’ desires for a strong, consistent civil authority ultimately transcended whatever political leanings they might have had. The historical irony here, Hall’s study shows, is that the most successful regime of Georgia’s Revolutionary period was arguably that of royalist governor James Wright.
Land and Allegiance in Revolutionary Georgia is a revealing study of the self-interest and practical motivations in competition with a period’s idealism and rhetoric.
Read more about James Wright at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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