Georgia - Summary and Key Ideas

The book "Georgia: A State History" is a comprehensive history of the state of Georgia, tracing its development from its early years as a Spanish outpost and British colony, through the Civil War and Civil Rights era, to its modern status as a technologically advanced state. It explores the state's politics, economy, society, and the stories of the people who shaped its destiny, providing a deep understanding of what it means to be a Georgian.

The target group of the book are individuals interested in the history of Georgia, including both natives seeking to understand their heritage and newcomers wanting to learn about their new home.

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Georgia's Unique Historical Journey: From Early European Colonization to Becoming the Most Urbanized State in the Deep South


The Establishment, Challenges, and Evolution of the Georgia Colony in the 18th Century

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Georgia's Pre-Revolution Prosperity and Growth Set the Stage for Upcoming Challenges and Changes

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Political Factions and the Struggle for Independence in 18th Century Georgia

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Georgia's Post-Revolution Westward Expansion: Population Growth, Native Displacement, and Economic Development

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19th Century Georgia's Economy: Dominance of Cotton Farming, Expansion of Slavery, and the Slow Pace of Industrialization

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Georgia's pivotal role in the lead up to the Civil War and formation of the Confederacy

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The Civil War in Georgia: A Struggle for Rights, Devastation, and Reconstruction

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Post-Civil War Georgia: A Journey of Reconciliation, Reform, and Economic Rebuilding Amid Challenges

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Economic, Political, and Racial Struggles in Georgia During the Early 20th Century

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Early 1900s Georgia: Educational Advancements, Economic Challenges, and Political Transformations

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Post-World War II Georgia: Economic Growth, Political Turmoil, and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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Buddy Sullivan

Buddy Sullivan is a renowned historian from Georgia, United States, known for his extensive research and work on the history of coastal Georgia. He is also the manager of the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve in Georgia.

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