Georgia and States Rights

Georgia and States Rights

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Georgia and States Rights

Georgia and States Rights

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As a result of listening to a very suggestive lecture by Dr. F. J. Turner upon American sectionalism, I set to work some years ago to study the effect of nullification upon Georgia politics. the search for information in the Georgia newspapers of the nullification period quickly showed me that I had to deal with numerous complexities in the local field which to be understood needed more than a knowledge of the main current of American politics. the conditions in Georgia had been evolved through the influence of men and events now long forgotten, and those local conditions were destined to importance in shaping the history of the country at large. the study of the whole situation with its recurring changes has proved absorbing. My effort has been to seek out the causes of things, and to follow developments to their conclusion. the work has expanded, almost of itself, until it has reached the present compass of a complete survey of the antebellum period of the State’s history. I have declined to adopt the suggestion of several gentlemen who have wished me to add the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction to my view, because the cataclysm of the sixties is foreign to the sequence of my narrative. the discussion of that decade would involve so many new influences and complications that the unity of the monograph would be destroyed.

It is not difficult for one whose native environment is the Cotton Belt to orient himself into antebellum Georgia. I have made little use, however, of the historical imagination.

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