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Cultivating RaceThe Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860$
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Watson Jennison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134260

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134260.001.0001

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Making Georgia Black and White, 1818–1838

Making Georgia Black and White, 1818–1838

(p.189) 6 Making Georgia Black and White, 1818–1838
Cultivating Race

Watson W. Jennison

University Press of Kentucky

The sixth chapter focuses on the political debates over the removal of the Cherokee Indians. White Georgians had few misgivings to expel the Creek Indians in the wake of the wars of the 1810s, but the same was not true with the Cherokees. Within the state, a sizable population opposed forced-relocation schemes. As migrants flooded into the Georgia upcountry, the numbers favoring Indian removal dramatically increased. These men shifted the demographic and political balance in the state. The new settlers possessed little wealth and arrived in search for land. They pressed for new priorities, especially a speedy resolution to the obstacles to white settlement on the remaining Cherokee lands and the creation of a white republic.

Keywords:   Creek Indians, Cherokee Indians, Indian removal, migrants, upcountry, political balance

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