Analysis Of The Book ' Georgia Odyssey ' By James C. Cobb

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Written by James C. Cobb, a distinguished history professor at the University of Georgia named B. Phinizy Spalding, Georgia Odyssey is a revolutionary book covering the state of Georgia from its humble beginnings as a colony in 1732 to the beginning of a new millennium in 2000. The book discusses James Oglethorpe’s original intentions for the colony, then through the ugly side beginning in 1751, when slaves were permitted into the colony. Slavery directly impacted the ever developing definition of American freedom, which is what Cobb conveys throughout the entire book. Personally, I had not given much thought to the reason of Georgia’s success as a state was because of the phenomenon of slavery. The acclaimed book begins with Georgia beginning as a dry and modest colony. As the years pass, these ideals and morals are changed to desiring more than a hardworking farmer. The people of Georgia desired to have slaves. Therefore, Georgia changed and started a path to become identical to South Carolina. However, as the amount of plantations sky-rocketed, so did the need for more slaves. It is a marvel to imagine that I live in the city of Savannah that was a beacon for the selling and exchanging of human beings. The ugly history of success does not end when slavery is outlawed in 1865. Racism was still very much alive in the South. Jim Crow laws were instated in an effort to halt the freedoms of Black Americans, until they were done away with. Skipping ahead to the 1960s,

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