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is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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December 26, 1848

Ellen and William Craft

What better gift than freedom? That’s what William and Ellen Craft gave each other, and celebrated this day in 1848.

Their memoir, Running a Th...
December 29, 1835

Treaty of New Echota

It cost three men their lives and provided the legal basis for the Trail of Tears, the forcible removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. The Treaty of New E...
September 15, 1831

Worcester v. Georgia

The beginnings of the infamous Cherokee Trail of Tears could well be traced to a Lawrenceville courtroom. 

During the 1820s, Governor George Gilme...

October 27, 1828

Dahlonega Gold Rush

It was October and the trees were golden...and not just the trees.

Benjamin Parks was walking through the woods of north Georgia when he kicked a s...
September 08, 1807

Horace King

Horace King, one of the most renowned bridge builders in Georgia and American history, was born a slave in Chesterfield, South Carolina. His owner, John Godwin,...
March 19, 1806

James Jackson

It started as a swindle and ended up as a landmark Supreme Court case.

In 1795, Georgia passed the Yazoo Land Act, selling 35 million acres of weste...
May 11, 1803

Georgia's First Land Lottery

Georgia’s lottery is nothing new. Between 1805 and 1833, the state held eight land lotteries. Seventy-five percent of Georgia was sold to roughly 100,000 peop...
January 12, 1798

James Jackson

James Jackson was a pugnacious politician with a fiery temper.

Born in England in 1756, he came to Savannah as a teen and fought in the American Rev...
June 30, 1785

James Oglethorpe Died

The colony he founded is now the largest of the United States east of the Mississippi.

James Edward Oglethorpe was born in 1696 in London and was ed...
February 14, 1779

Battle of Kettle Creek

Georgians weren’t feeling the love, even if it was Valentine’s Day.

The Battle of Kettle Creek was fought during the American Revolution on this ...

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