The Way It Was in the South
The Black Experience in Georgia

Donald L. Grant
Edited and with an Introduction by Jonathan Grant

An American Heritage Editor's Choice


"Monumental . . . Provides a narrative that will be accessible and informative for students and the general public."
Georgia Historical Quarterly

"A unique work . . . Provide[s] enough fascinating firsthand testimony and anecdote to fill a dozen novels."
American Heritage

"It is doubtful [that] any other state has had the story of its slaves, its free Blacks, its freedmen, and all their generations of descendants told in such detail and completeness and with such convincing authority."
Journal of American History

"A colossal work . . . It is quite remarkable [and] represents an almost incredible labor."
—Herbert Aptheker

"A very well written volume . . . An admirable work that is recommended for all libraries."
Georgia Librarian

"Finally . . . a little bit of our history that isn't whitewashed."
Atlanta Tribune

"A superior work of history . . . Should be in every high school, college, and public library in the state."
—William S. McFeely

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The Way It Was in the South is the only book-length treatment of the African American presence in a single state. From the legalization of slavery in the Georgia Colony in 1751 through debates that preceded the Confederate emblem's removal from the state's now defunct flag, it chronicles the stunning record of black Georgians' innovation, persistence, and triumph in the face of adversity and oppression.
Page count: 640 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about slavery in colonial Georgia at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Donald L. Grant (1919–1988) was a professor of history at Fort Valley State College. He is the author of The Anti-Lynching Movement, 1883–1932 and of many articles on black history. Jonathan Grant, the author's son, is a writer and editor living in Georgia.