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Children's LiteratureIn the early days of European settlement, in what was to eventually become the state of Georgia, whites and Native Americans coexisted in a reasonably cooperative manner. The institution of slavery was illegal in the Georgia colony until the 18th century. Nevertheless, over time, the necessities of imperialism and economics led to the introduction of slavery and the expropriation of most native peoples. Colonial Georgia became similar to, if less prosperous, than its adjoining and connected colonial enclaves. Yet, despite the twists and turns of good fortune, the history of pre-revolutionary Georgia is one that encompasses a wealth of information and fascinating human-interest tales. In this illustrated work, readers are provided with an overview of the time period, which includes the initial settlement of Georgia, the emergence of social institutions that were to entrench themselves until Reconstruction, and the coming of the Revolutionary War in this southern state. This is a well-researched and capably written work and one that gives its readers a fitting introduction to the colonial history of the "Peach State." Readers should come away from this text with a clearer understanding of early Georgia history and the trends that set the stage for 19th century antebellum life and the coming of the Civil War. Part of the "Voices From Colonial America" series. 2006, National Geographic, and Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck