The Short Life of Free Georgia
Class and Slavery in the Colonial South
By Noeleen McIlvenna
158 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 1 halftone, 2 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2403-7
Published: October 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2404-4
Published: August 2015
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In The Short Life of Free Georgia, Noeleen McIlvenna chronicles the years between 1732 and 1752 and challenges the conventional view that Georgia's colonial purpose was based on unworkable assumptions and utopian ideals. Rather, Georgia largely succeeded in its goals--until self-interested parties convinced England that Georgia had failed, leading to the colony's transformation into a replica of slaveholding South Carolina.
About the Author
Noeleen McIlvenna is professor of history at Wright State University and author of A Very Mutinous People.
For more information about Noeleen McIlvenna, visit the Author Page.
“Successfully demonstrates that class, not race, was the defining component of early Georgian society.”--Choice
“Meticulous, historically sound, and presented in a readable and engaging manner.” --Civil War News
“McIlvenna’s expert comparative analysis of primary sources allows for a complex picture to emerge. . . . Social history at its finest, and certainly the first book of its kind to point a lens at the complex political, social, and economic climate that marked early free Georgia.”--Augusta Genealogy
“McIlvenna tells a complex, multilayerd story of Georgia’s beginning in six chronological chapters that include details from a wide range of primary sources.”--Journal of Southern History
“A retelling of the thirteenth colony’s trustee era (1732-1752) from the standpoint of the settlement’s poor, white, and socially irreverent majority.”--Journal of American History
“Provide[s] valuable accounts of the development of the economy of early Georgia.”--New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century