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dc.contributor.authorWilson, Charles Hooper
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T01:07:32Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T01:07:32Z
dc.date.issued2006-05
dc.identifier.otherwilson_charles_h_200605_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/wilson_charles_h_200605_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23285
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines over 400 wills written by testators who lived in Georgia from 1733 to 1790. These rich sources reveal much about their authors, including their occupations, family composition, and property holdings. Because they span Georgia’s entire colonial history and issue from colonists from all walks of life, what the wills reveal is representative of colonial Georgia generally. In particular, examining the wills informs analysis of the history of slavery in the colony. Georgia was unusual in that its founders initially forbade slavery. However, officials later reversed this policy. The extent to which colonists subsequently came to hold slaves is unsettled. This thesis argues that slave ownership concentrated in the hands of a few colonial Georgians instead of becoming widespread; that few slaves worked in cities or at non-agricultural jobs in the colony; that the sex ratio of slaves in the colony was roughly even; and that slaves in the colony of Georgia powerfully resisted their enslaved condition.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectGeorgia history
dc.subjectcolonial Georgia
dc.subjectslavery
dc.subjectwills
dc.subjectslave ownership in colonial Georgia
dc.subjectdemographics of slavery
dc.subjectslave resistance
dc.titleTestators, beneficiaries, and bondservants
dc.title.alternativeWhat early Georgia wills reveal
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentHistory
dc.description.majorHistory
dc.description.advisorPeter Charles Hoffer
dc.description.committeePeter Charles Hoffer
dc.description.committeeThomas G. Dyer
dc.description.committeeMichael Kwass


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