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Children's LiteratureDid you know that Georgia, which was established in 1733, was the last of the original colonies? Were you aware of the fact that Georgia went from the poorest to one of the richest parts of America after the invention of the cotton gin? Have you ever heard of "tabby," a plaster made of seashells and limestone powder that was widely used to build colonial homes in Georgia? These and many other facts are compiled in this volume in the "Life in the Thirteen Colonies" series. In Georgia, Doak does a good job of explaining two hundred years of history in 115 pages of heavily illustrated text by using a crisp writing style laced with a great deal of social history. The author begins with the early colonists and their relations with Native Americans. She then dedicates significant space to topics such as the nature and spread of slavery, women's status, and the political currents that swept the colony into the Revolutionary War. Readers will enjoy studying the humble historical roots of a state that now features so much commercial prosperity. 2004, Children's Press, Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck