Most likely, many of us have heard tales around how the colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe, a philanthropist, to be a haven for Britain's debtors but, as always, that isn't the whole story. In this episode, Elizabeth delves into how slavery of Africans was illegal early on in the colony and why that changed - including who drove the demand.
Rodney M. Baine, "Indian Slavery in Colonial Georgia", The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 79:2 (1995): 418-24.
Codrina Cozma, "John Martin Bolzius and the Early Christian Opposition to Slavery in Georgia," The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 88:4 (2004): 457-76.
Phinizy Spalding, "Oglethorpe, Georgia, and The Spanish Threat," The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 78:3 (1994): 461-70.
Thomas Stephens, “A Brief Account of the Causes that have Retarded the Progress of the Colony of Georgia in America”, (1743).
Thomas Hart Wilkins, "James Edward Oglethorpe: South Carolina Slaveholder?" The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 88:1 (2004): 85-94.
Betty Wood, Slavery in Colonial Georgia, 1730-1775, University of Georgia Press (1984, reprint 2007).
“Confederate States of America - Georgia Secession Document (January 1861).”
This episode is part of our Black History and US History collections.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)