Friday, June 27, 2008

Frederick Douglass: The Means to a County

Let me set the stage for you…..it’s 1870. Chaos reigns in in Georgia. The Federal govenrment is attepting the third time to reconstruct the ex-Confederate state.

From Georgia on My Mind….. “What you have to realize at this point is the Georgia General Assembly was not exactly controlled by folks who acted or thought like a large majority of Georgians at the time. Merton Coulter, author of Georgia: A Short History (1947) advises much of the General Assembly during Reconstruction was comprised of northern adventurers better known as carpetbaggers, a group known as scalawags (Georgians with pro-Union sentiments), illiterate Negros (the majority of which were merely manipulated yes-men to the carpetbaggers), and a few conservative Georgians. The New Georgia Encyclopedia article regarding Reconstruction in Georgia states, in January 1870, Alfred H. Terry, the third and final commanding general of the District of Georgia, conducted “Terry’s Purge.” He removed the General Assembly’s ex-Confederates, replaced them with the Republican runners-up, and then reinstated the expelled black legislators, thus creating a heavy Republican majority in the legislature.

From this chaos comes a new Georgia County…..A county known in the legislative act as Douglass County.

Was it truly named for Frederick Douglass or was there a scheme afoot? Head on over to my post titled The Skinny on How Skint Chestnut Became Douglasville...Or How Douglas County Lost Its "S" to find out.

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