The Toombs Oak, the Tree That Owned Itself, and Other Chapters of Georgia

E. Merton Coulter


“Coulter is a master storyteller. . . . His stories not only are enjoyable but also measure up to the requirements of good history.”
Journal of American History


These nine essays originally appeared in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and range in subject from a group of Arcadians expelled from Nova Scotia that settled in colonial Georgia to the origins of the University of Georgia. Other essays examine the Woolfolk murder case that attracted national attention; Henry M. Turner, a black legislator during the Reconstruction; and John Howard Payne, the author of “Home, Sweet Home.”


Page count: 272 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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E. Merton Coulter came to the University of Georgia as an associate professor in 1919; he was named an emeritus professor of history in 1958 and continued to work on campus until his death in 1981. During his distinguished career, he wrote or edited more than thirty books and his contributions to periodicals were extensive. Coulter was coeditor of the ten-volume History of the South and author of two of the volumes in the series; he also served as editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly for fifty years.