THE COLONY OF GEORGIA by Harold Cecil Vaughan


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As we have noted before (see Lengyel, KR, 1974, p. 880), this series is shorter, more selective and at least nominally younger in reading level than, say, the Crowell-Collier Forge of Freedom books. In general the emphasis is on political and military history -- the various manifestations of the ""French and Indian"" wars and tensions between growth-minded colonists and the restrictions of British policy. The Georgia volume effectively concentrates this last dichotomy in the person of James Oglethorpe himself, who founded the colony as a refuge for debtors but later became preoccupied with England's military goal of using the region as a fortified buffer state between the Carolinas and Spanish Florida. The narrative of Alice Dickinson, who skips over the Pilgrims to concentrate on the Massachusetts Bay Colony proper, is probably circumstantially the least useful since King Philip's War, the Puritan theocracy and Boston's rebellion against taxation have been well covered at this level. Only Alderman makes a noticeable attempt to describe the everyday life of an average settlement, and while he deals with such problems as the conflict between New Haven and the more democratic Hartford area settlements, he also leaves room for personalities -- the ""regicides"" Goffe and Hadley who were chased through New England by agents of Charles II until they found refuge in New Haven, Royal Governor Edmund Andros who was tricked out of the Connecticut charter by sleight of hand, and the colony's military hero Israel Putnam. Alderman sometimes injects his own opinions in the guise of fact (""The Sabbath service was an ordeal. . .the psalms seemed endless"" he reports, but to whom?). Yet his more lively format will probably have the most appeal at this level; otherwise these will be of little use outside the classroom.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1975
Page count: 88pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts