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Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)

The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois

The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

History of Georgia

by Robert Preston Brooks


1734. Salzburgers come.

1735. Augusta begun.

1736. Scots settle at Darien. Frederica marked out.

1739. Oglethorpe invades Florida.

1742. Spaniards invade Georgia. Battle of Bloody Marsh.

1743. Oglethorpe's final departure from the colony. 1752. Resignation of the Trustees.

Coming of the Dorchester Colony. 1754. Georgia becomes a Crown Colony.

1763. Close of French and Indian War. Georgia's boundary extended to the St. Mary's River.

1776. Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett and George Walton sign

the Declaration of Independence.

1777. First state constitution.

1778. Georgia adopts Articles of Confederation. British take Savannah.

1779. French and Americans attack Savannah.

1782. British withdraw from Georgia.

1783. Close of Revolution. Georgia claims lands westward to

the Mississippi River.

1783-1800. Coming of the Virginians and Carolinians to Middle Georgia.

1784- Charter of the University of Georgia.

1788. Georgia adopts the Federal Constitution.

1789. Second state constitution.
:793- Cotton gin invented in Georgia.
1794-1796. Yazoo Frauds.

1795. Louisville made the capital.
1798. Third state constitution.

1801. Opening of University of Georgia.

1802. Georgia cedes western lands to United States.

1803. Milledgeville laid out and designated as the capital. Establishment of the land lottery.

1807. First meeting of legislature in Milledgeville. 1819. First steamship to cross the Atlantic sails from Savannah. 1827. Creek Indians leave Georgia.

1833. Georgia Railroad and Banking Company chartered. Central of Georgia Railroad chartered.

1836. Western and Atlantic Railroad authorized to be con

structed as a state-owned road.
Emory College chartered.
Wesleyan Female College chartered.

1837. Mercer University chartered.

1838. Cherokees expelled from Georgia.

1842. Crawford W. Long discovers anaesthesia.

1845. Supreme Court established.

1851. Howell Cobb elected Governor on platform advocating

Clay's Compromise.

1861. Georgia secedes from the Union. Fourth state constitution.

1864. Sherman destroys Atlanta. Sherman's March to the Sea.

1865. President Johnson reconstructs Georgia. Thirteenth

Amendment adopted.
Fifth state constitution.

1867. Congress overthrows the Johnson government.

1868. Fourteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution

Sixth state constitution.

1870. Final reconstruction of Georgia. Fifteenth amendment


1871. Public school system put in operation. 1877. Seventh state constitution.

Atlanta becomes the capital. 1879. State Railroad Commission established. 1892. Rise of Populist Party. 1895. Cotton States and International Exposition. 1904. Local self-taxation for schools authorized.

1906. Court o.f Appeals established. Agricultural high schools established. State College of Agriculture established.

1907. Legislature passes a state-wide prohibition law.

1908. Disfranchisement of negroes. Abolition of the convict lease system. Beginning of good roads movement.

1912. Constitutional amendment making high schools a part of the state school system.

History of Georgia



The Importance of Geography

The history of a country properly begins with a study of its geography, for without such a study it is impossible to understand the life of the people. The ways in which Georgians make their living, their political opinions and social and educational conditions are largely the results of the situation and climate of the state. An illustration of the powerful influence of physical conditions is afforded by the early experience of our people on the seacoast. The founders of the colony prohibited the holding of slaves, because it was intended that the settlers should produce wine and silk, and in these light employments slaves would not be needed. But climatic conditions were such that these industries did not succeed. Georgians turned their attention to rice growing, and as the coast was swampy and malarious, it seemed necessary to allow the introduction of slaves. The whole subsequent history of Georgia was affected by this change from a free labor system to the use or slaves. Instances could be mutiplied, but this illustration is sufficient to show the student how necessary it is to know something of the climate and soils of a state, if he would rightly understand her history.

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