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The Soldier, the Son, and the Social Scientist: Three Georgia Textbook Authors and the Lost Cause

David B. Parker (Kennesaw State University)

This article examines three major late-19th- and early-20th-century Georgia history textbooks: Charles H. Smith’s School History of Georgia (1893), Lawton B. Evans’s History of Georgia for Use in Schools (1898), and Robert Preston Brooks’s History of Georgia (1913). While all three reflected the racial and sectional attitudes of the times, they did so in quite different ways: Smith from the perspective of one who had fought in the war to defend what he saw as a better way of life; Evans from that a young educator (and son of a Confederate general) who pursued the New South goal of reconciliation with the North; and Brooks as an academic social scientist.

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ISSN 1753-5794