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National Georgia Day

donmdonm Posts: 9,329 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

A little of Peabody's Improbable History:

"The 13th colony and the 4th state to enter the Union, National Georgia Day recognizes the natural wonders and immense complexities of this bastion of Southern culture.

Georgia’s founder, James Oglethorpe, settled the colony’s first capital, Savannah. Georgia would go on to have four more capitals, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and finally, Atlanta

Politically and socially, a divide has always seemed to exist. Considering Georgia was initially established as a barrier of fortification between South Carolina’s southern border and the Spanish settled in Florida, perhaps Georgia lived up to destiny.

To Sign or Not to Sign

Georgia initially prohibited slavery in 1735. Of the 13 original colonies, she was the only one to do so. The prohibition lasted 15 years. Leading up the Revolution, Georgia leaned toward supporting the crown and was the single colony not in attendance at the First Continental Congress.

During the Second Continental Congress, Georgia first sent one delegate, Lyman Hall. However, Hall didn’t vote because he only represented a single parish in Georgia. The colony later sent Button Gwinnett and George Walton as official delegates. All three signed the Declaration of Independence.

Wars were destructive for Georgia. Her people and the economy suffered, and the resistance to social change persisted.

During the 20th century, industrial and technological advancements found a niche in Georgia’s economy. A hub for airlines, military bases and international corporations, Georgia rebounded once more"

Georgia has some grit!!

It's also National Mead Day. I've never had mead, but I suspect Robin Hood might have tried it (at least Friar Tuck did) so I might try and track some down. Enjoy.

Comments

  • FirePlugDawgFirePlugDawg Posts: 4,122 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Pulling it together, appears the chap on the left got into some mead:


  • CatfishCatfish Posts: 1,291 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 3

    Still enjoying a little vo*ka from the previous administration.

  • greshamdiscogreshamdisco Posts: 1,684 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 3

    I am a history buff, so here’s some info on our state flag:

    Georgia did not have a state flag until 1879, first adopting a design similar to today’s flag and based on the first confederate national flag, the “stars and bars.” (People often incorrectly call the confederate battle flag by that name.) The designer, Herman Perry, wanted to pay tribute to confederate soldiers in its design. In it’s history, Georgia has had 7 designs. In 1902, our beloved arch first appeared on the flag but was eventually replaced by a shield and then the state seal in 1920. In 1956, the design was dramatically changed to incorporate the confederate battle flag design in place of the three bars. This was partially done to commemorate the approaching Civil War centennial, but was without question also done to send a signal to Washington DC that state’s rights on issues like segregation and other Jim Crow laws were going to be enforced over Federal directives. (“We remember our grandparent’s fight, and we are still carrying their banner and cause!”). Even after those issues were (mostly) settled, the battle flag emblem remained. Facing mounting national and internal pressure over the inclusion of the confederate symbol, Gov Roy Barnes had the flag changed in 2001 to a (hideous) blue design with little mini-flags on it. This short-lived design literally won contests for the “worst flag design,” and Barnes lost the next election partially because he handled the issue so poorly. The flag design was changed in 2003 to its current design. In 2004, Governor Perdue allowed the state to vote in a referendum on the flag, and a replacement flag, the current design, won with 74% of the vote. This flag is again designed around the first confederate national flag, with 13 stars encircling the arches which symbolizes the state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.”

  • DvilleDawgDvilleDawg Posts: 713 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I wish we would go back to the 1920 version. I like that one. Thanks for the research.

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