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Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Gallay, Alan, 1957-

Second Advisor

Mancke, Elizabeth, 1954-

Third Advisor

Radke, August Carl, 1922-

Fourth Advisor

Weir, Sara


Between 1775 and 1782 Georgia was wracked by social and political revolutions, as well as a local civil war. Britain and the United States wanted Georgia, and during the Revolutionary War they established competing civil governments and military units within her borders. Irregular troops, autonomous militia units and unaligned marauders roamed the countryside, while the military requisitioned property and claimed booty. As the threat of famine and anarchy grew, the rival governments struggled to keep people from fleeing Georgia, and allowed a flexible allegiance in order to maintain the population. Many who survived these years in Georgia did so by setting aside any political convictions they might have held and supporting the local government in power. They did this in order to protect and retain their property, if not add to it. The end result was that political authority shifted from a planter elite to a broadly-based electorate.




Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865


Western Washington University

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This thesis was nominated by WWU for the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award for 1995.

This thesis formed the basis for the author’s book, Land and Allegiance in Revolutionary Georgia, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2001.

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