Georgia Trivia

Who doesn’t like a good game of trivia? The Digital Library of Georgia is home to a wealth of answers to interesting, educational, and sometimes useless Georgia trivia. How many can you get right without clicking on the links?

The Oldest City in Georgia in 1734

What is the oldest city in Georgia?   Answer

Which American president spent his boyhood in Augusta, Georgia?   Answer

Why was there no September 3rd, 1752 in Georgia?  Answer

First Woman to Serve in the Senate

The first woman to serve in the United States Senate was from Georgia and spent only one day in office. Name that Georgian.   Answer

For what natural resource is the city of Dahlonega famous?  Answer

Ford Green, Ralph Long Jr., and Lawrence Michael Williams were the first African American students to integrate what university in Georgia?  Answer

Biggest Battle in Georgia History

Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb was a native of what city? Answer

What was the biggest battle fought in Georgia during the Civil War?  Answer

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The Bloody Letter — Native American documents

“When you see this letter stained with the blood of my husband …”

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Of the 1,000 or so original documents and visual images preserved in the Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842 collection, few evoke pathos for the Indians’ plight as “the blood-stained letter” – written by the widows of Creek leader William McIntosh – appealing to the U.S. government for help.

McIntosh was  killed by fellow Creeks opposed to the ceding of their sbiancamento denti land to the white settlers. In the letter, Peggy and Susannah McIntosh describe their dire situation and beg the officials to remember their pledge to assist and protect them. A description and transcription of the letter is available here, along with scans of the original.

Most of the documents, dated 1763 to 1842, are from the Cherokee tribe, but other tribes are represented, including Seminole and Creek. The documents include treaties,letters from tribal members,  letters to the tribes from state representatives, military orders regarding Native Americans and the first 18 months of the first newspaper published in a Native American language, the Cherokee Phoenix.

The significance of these documents extends beyond traditional political and diplomatic history into the daily lives of Native Americans and their new European neighbors. These collections testify to the richness and continued viability of Native American culture even as it was encroached upon and eroded by European settlement. Letters of complaint to white government officials from Native Americans demonstrate their ability to contend with European institutions with a resourcefulness that belies the commonly held stereotypes from that period of Indians as violent savages or helpless victims.

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