James Edward Oglethorpe

James Edward Oglethorpe

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James Edward Oglethorpe by Joyce Blackburn, Marvin Mattelson

James Edward Oglethorpe turned his back on Oxford University, his family’s Jacobite schemes, and a career as courtier to a prince to settle as an English country squire. But history was not to let him stay unnoticed. As a member of Parliament in the eighteenth century, Oglethorpe fought for debtors’ rights and prison reform, and when he gained them, volunteered to found a new colony in America. Under his direction, settlements were established, strong bonds were formed with the Creek Indians, and the colony of Georgia flourished. He guided it during its formative years and protected it during war with Spain. That alone should have assured Oglethorpe of his place in history . . . but as he learned, politics and fortune are fickle. In this captivating biography, Joyce Blackburn details the career and life of this gallant gentleman, hero, visionary, and patriot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780397311279
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/1970
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

The author of more than fifteen books, Joyce Blackburn started as professional radio broadcaster in Chicago. A radio play she wrote and performed called Suki and the Invisible Peacock led a contract for a book of the same name, which in turn, led to the popular Suki series. Subsequent prize-winning titles for young readers have made Blackburn well known to librarians and teachers. Her popular historical biographies have earned her an enthusiastic adult following. Blackburn, a resident of St. Simons Island, Georgia, received the 1996 Governor’s Award in the humanities from the Georgia Humanities Council, and in the same year, the Suki books were reissued in a Silver Anniversary Edition. Among other awards she has received are the 1971 Fiction Author of the Year, Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists; 1971 National Christian School C. S. Lewis Award for Suki and the Wonder Star; and 1970 Literary Achievement Award for Non-Fiction, Georgia Writers Association. Her works are in the special Collections of the Woodruff Library at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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