As the last colony to join the rebellion against Great Britain, due in part to its heavy reliance on maritime trade, Georgia’s entry into the American revolution was a complicated affair. Governors were installed and removed, cities fell and were liberated, and the burgeoning backcountry involvement played out more like a civil war than an independence movement.
When the British attacked Savannah, Mordecai Sheftall was captured in a skirmish when he refused to abandon his son. Marion Levy Mendel, a Sheftall ancestor, Professor Harvey Jackson, and John Sheftall, Esq., another ancestor, recall the costs and high price of waging war.
This reenactment of Nancy Hart's well-known encounter with Tories and their fate shows how legends grow and change over time. Reenactor Sue Cone disputes some of the “facts” about Nancy Hart when questioned about her looks and actions. Cone acknowledges that the story more than likely has been embellished but is based in fact.
Dr. Preston Russell, a medical doctor and historian, and colonial reenactor J. Edward Jackson explain fighting in Savannah from September to October 1779, when Georgia Patriots aided by the French tried to retake Savannah from the British.
Using Stately Oaks mansion in Jonesboro as a setting, a group of men and women recreate a typical after-dinner discussion on whether or not the colony of Georgia should take sides in the impending fight to separate from Great Britain.
The Liberty Boys and the signers of the Declaration of Independence knew that their resistance to the government of Great Britain and the Stamp Act could result in their hanging. Colonial historian professor Harvey Jackson and Wormsloe Plantation ranger Joe Thompson compare America’s break up with Great Britain to a parent-child relationship that eventually changes dramatically when the child grows up.
Georgia’s geography is varied and expansive, encompassing rolling mountains and valleys in the north to sweeping plains, beaches, and swamps in the south. The state’s unique physical characteristics are highlighted in the geologic record and in the diversity of landforms...
From the end of WWII to the present day, Georgia is surveyed according to its role in the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement, along with the state’s political...
As Georgia transitioned from colony to state, settlers expanded west into the interior of the southern United States searching for land and freedom. They increasingly came into conflict with groups like the Creek and Cherokee. Eventually conflict led to the forced removal of native groups as Georgia grew into the Antebellum era, expanding a plantation and slave economy and subsequently allying itself with the Confederate States of America. Secession from the Union brought devastating consequences during the Civil War with Georgia’s cities and economy being ravaged by invading armies, leaving behind the ashes of a proud state.