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Georgia Documents

Information about and, when available, links to Georgia Studies–related documents that will help you easily use primary source materials in your classroom.

General

Georgia Constitution (current) Ch. 24

Georgia Constitutions (all) Ch. 8, 24

Declaration of Independence (text) Ch. 8

Declaration of Independence (image) Ch. 8

Articles of Confederation Ch. 8, 24

U.S. Constitution Ch. 8, 24

U.S. Census 2000 Ch. 1

Prehistoric

Photograph of Etowah Indian Mounds Ch. 4

Colonial

Treaty of Tordesillas Ch. 5

Virginia Charter Ch. 5

Mayflower Compact Ch. 5

Carolina Charter Ch. 5

Spanish Missions Ch. 5

Azilia Land Grant Ch. 6

Georgia Charter of 1732 Ch.6

Peter Gordon's Journal - An account of the first settling of the colony of Georgia with a journal of the first embarkation, under the direction of Mr. [James] Oglethorpe - 1733 Ch. 7

Treaty of Savannah, 1733 Ch. 7

"A View of Savannah as it Stood the 29 th of March 1734" Ch. 7

Moravians in Georgia Ch. 7

Francis Moore's 1736 description of Georgia wildlife Ch. 7

Frederica Town Plan, 1742 Ch. 7

"A Map of the Inhabited Part of Georgia," c.1755 Ch. 7

Modern Photograph of Slave Market in Louisville, GA. Built in 1758 Ch. 7

Treaty of Paris, 1763 Ch. 6

Proclamation of 1763 Ch. 6

Sugar Act 1764 Ch. 8

Stamp Act 1765 Ch. 8

Townshend Act 1767 Ch. 8

Tea Act 1773 Ch. 8

Resolutions Adopted by Georgia Patriots at Tondee's Tavern, Savannah, August 19, 1774 Ch. 8

Olive Branch Petititon, July, 1775 Ch. 8

Biographical sketches of the delegates from Georgia to the Continental Congress Ch. 8

Georgia Rules and Regulations 1776 Ch. 8

Georgia's Roster of the Revolution Ch. 8

Treaty of Paris 1783 Ch. 8

William Bartram, Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians. Embellished with Copper-Plates , 1791 Ch. 9

Post Revolution-Antebellum

Georgia Ratification of the U.S. Constitution Ch. 8

UGA Charter Ch. 9

Petition of the citizens of the County of Richmond, [Georgia] to the president and members of the convention of the State of Georgia, 1795 Ch. 9

Cherokee Treaties Ch. 10

Creek Treaties Ch. 10

Georgia Land Lottery Act of 1821 Ch. 10

Cherokee Syllabary Ch. 10

First Issue of the Cherokee Phoenix Ch. 10

Indian Removal Act of 1830 Ch. 10

Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, 1831 Ch. 10

Worcester v. Georgia (text) Ch. 9

Worcester v. Georgia (explanation) Ch. 9

Cherokee Treaty of New Echota, 1835 Ch. 9, 10

Letter from John Ross Protesting the Treaty of New Echota, 1836 Ch. 10

Accounts of the Trail of Tears Ch. 10

Missouri Compromise Ch. 12

Compromise of 1850 Ch. 12

Georgia Platform Ch. 12

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Ch. 12

Dred Scott Case Ch. 12

Augustus Longstreet, Georgia Scenes: Characters, Incidents, &c., in The First Half Century of The Republic , 1850 Ch. 11

John Brown, Slave Life in Georgia: A Narrative of the Life, Sufferings, and Escape of John Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Now in England , 1855 Ch. 11

Civil War

Confederate Constitution Ch. 13

Robert Toombs' speech to the Georgia General Assembly, Nov. 13, 1860 Ch. 12

Alexander Stephens' speech to the Georgia General Assembly, Nov. 14, 1860 Ch. 12

Alexander Stephens' "Cornerstone" speech, March 21, 1861 Ch. 12

Georgia's Ordinance of Secession Ch. 12, 13

Declaration of the Causes of Secession Ch. 13

Emancipation Proclamation Ch. 13

Gettysburg Address Ch. 13

Gettysburg Address (different drafts from the Library of Congress) Ch. 13

Eyewitness Account of the Destruction of Atlanta Ch. 13

Savannah Republican Editorial Dec. 21, 1864 Ch. 13

Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-65 Ch. 13

Civil War Letters, Diaries, and Battle Reports Ch. 13

Reconstruction-End of 19th Century

Joint Resolution of Georgia General Assembly urging Pres. Johnson to withdraw federal troops from Georgia (Jan. 22, 1866) Ch. 14

Plessy v. Ferguson Ch. 15

Ben Hill's "New South" address to University of Georgia graduates, July 31, 1871 Ch. 16

Henry Grady's "New South" Speech Ch. 16

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1884-1922 Ch. 16, 17

Hosford's Handy Guide to the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta, 1895 Ch. 16

Booker T. Washington's Speech at the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta, 1895 Ch. 16

Cumming v. Board of Education of Richmond County Ch. 16

Early 20th Century

Walter White Remembers the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 Ch. 16

Frank v. State (Nov. 14, 1914) Ch. 16

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1884-1922 Ch. 16

Franklin Roosevelt's columns for the Macon Telegraph, 1925 Ch. 17

Atlanta Constitution article on Franklin Roosevelt's visit to Atlanta shortly before being elected President, 1932 Ch. 18

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating live oak as state tree. (Feb. 25, 1937) Ch. 18

Georgia Newspaper Editorials following the death of President Roosevelt at Warm Springs, 1945 Ch. 18

Modern Georgia

Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Ch. 20

Brown v. Board of Education 1955 Ch. 20

Interposition Resolution, 1956 Ch. 19

The Southern Manifesto, 1956 Ch. 19

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech, 1963 Ch. 20

Letter from Birmingham Jail Ch. 20

Gray v. Sanders 1963 Ch. 19

Reynolds v. Sims 1964 Ch. 19

Civil Rights Act of 1964 Ch. 20

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. U.S. Ch. 20

Martin Luther King's Nobel Peace Prize Accceptance Speech, 1964 Ch. 20

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Ch. 21

Voting Rights Act of 1965 Ch. 20

Martin Luther King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech, 1968 (delivered the night before he was assassinated) Ch. 20

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the brown thrasher as Georgia's official state bird and the bobwhite quail as the official state game bird, 1970 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the largemouth bass as the state fish, 1970 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the honeybee as the state insect, 1975 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating staurolite, sharks tooth, and quartz and the official state mineral, fossil, and gem, 1976 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the azalia as the state wildflower, 1979 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating "Georgia on My Mind" as official state song of Georgia, 1979 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the Right Whale as the official state marine mammal, 1985 Ch. 21

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly designating the Knobbed Whelk as the official seashell of Georgia, 1987 Ch. 21

Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating the Tiger Swallowtail as the official state butterfly, 1988 Ch. 21

Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating the Gopher Tortoise as the official state reptile, 1989 Ch. 21

Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating the peach as the offical state fruit, 1995 Ch. 21

Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating the peanut as the official state crop, 1995 Ch. 21

Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating English the official state language, 1996 Ch. 21

Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating the official state tartan, 1997 Ch. 21

Aerial Photographs of Coastal Georgia Ch. 1, 2 (could also be used in Geography or Land of Georgia chapters)

Aerial View of Stone Mountain Ch. 1, 2 (could also be used in Geography or Land of Georgia chapters)

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