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Oglethorpe in perspective : Georgia's founder after two hundred years /
edited by Phinizy Spalding and Harvey H. Jackson.
imprint
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1989.
description
244 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0817303863
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imprint
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1989.
isbn
0817303863
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
135395
 
Bibliography: p. 227-231.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-10:
A collection of essays written to commemorate the bicentennial of the death of James Edward Oglethorpe, a seasoned military personality and a Jacobite who had interests in philanthropy. Oglethorpe was the leader among a group of "trustees" who during the early 1730s produced altered maps of the southeastern frontier so that Britain could claim the "Debatable Land" between the Savannah and Altamaha rivers and thereby block Spanish expansion into British South Carolina. Oglethorpe became a dominant figure in the creation of British Georgia, fought a long but losing battle against the introduction of black slavery into the colony from South Carolina, prohibited use of liquor in Georgia, and maintained dominance over local spiritual and missionary leaders' attempts to frustrate his secular authority. Oglethorpe tried hard but failed to maintain friendly relations with the Indians. After leaving Georgia, and at a comparatively advanced age, he joined with his friend Field Marshall James Keith to carry out military action on the Continent against the hated French. Of particular interest to readers is Edwin Jackson's beautifully written and illustrated essay on Oglethorpe iconography. Photographs. College, university, and public libraries. -J. D. Born Jr., Wichita State University
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"James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) is generally credited with being the founder of Georgia and a dominant force among the Trustees overseeing the colony. Despite the attempts of historians and biographers to understand him and his role, many questions remain unanswered. Our view of him is typical of our view of many key figures in the history of settlement. We have considerable information about their public actions; less about their private lives; and but little to assess individual values, motives, abilities, and personality. "The editors of this volume believe that the essays will answer some of the questions that continually come to the surface when Oglethorpe's name is mentioned. These essays leave impressions of Oglethorpe, and they supply a sharper perspective as the volume's title declares. Every essay adds some dimension to the man." - William and Mary Quarterly
"James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) is generally credited with being the founder of Georgia and a dominant force among the Trustees overseeing the colony. Despite the attempts of historians and biographers to understand him and his role, many questions remain unanswered. Our view of him is typical of our view of many key figures in the history of settlement. We have considerable information about their public actions; less about their private lives; and but little to assess individual values, motives, abilities, and personality. "The editors of this volume believe that the essays will answer some of the questions that continually come to the surface when Oglethorpe's name is mentioned. These essays leave impressions of Oglethorpe, and they supply a sharper perspective as the volume's title declares. Every essay adds some dimension to the man." -- William and Mary Quarterly
"The editors of this informative [work are to be congratulated." -- Journal of Southern History
"The editors of this informative [work] are to be congratulated." -- Journal of Southern History
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A reconsideration of James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) and his successes and failures in founding and establishing of the colony of Georgia.

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