Reading recommendations - post-Civil War Georgia

Jun 2016

I am looking for some help on a reading list for a non-academic research. I hope this is the right part of the forum to post in ( I've seen the Help section, but it seems to be for students only?).

Could you please point me in the direction of the autobiographies, diaries or memoirs of people from Georgia? I am looking for descriptions of everyday life of the middle-class immediately after the war.

Thanks in advance!
Jun 2011
The Old Dominion
Covers before, during, and after . . . check out
The children of pride: a true story of Georgia and the Civil War by Robert Manson Myers.
"This intimate record of a Georgia plantation family brings to life a proud but flawed society from its halcyon antebellum days through the shattering climaxes of defeat and occupation. Nowhere has the impact of the Civil War upon the south been portrayed with more immediacy than in these 1200 letters by the family and friends of the Reverend Dr. Charles Colcock Jones of Liberty County, Georgia. Arranged by Robert Manson Myers into a chronological narrative of the crucial years between 1854 and 1868, they read like an epistolary novel. The routines of plantation life, as affectionately described in the letters, are punctuated by episodes of drama: triumphs - surviving a yellow fever epidemic and selling an old slave for more than he is worth; vexations - a cousin's degrading marriage and a Negro mother's murder of her newborn child; and genuine tragedies - an appalling train wreck and the infamy of Andersonville. These letters underscore a fascinating and troubling paradox in American history: they reveal men and women who were intelligent, warmhearted, perceptive, and god-fearing, yet dedicated to the principle of slavery. The writers were proud of the national Union, but when its interests conflicted with their cherished mode of existence, they unhesitatingly chose the latter and defended it bravely. Confronted with the anguish and nostalgia of the postwar letters, few readers will be immune to the poignancy of their defeat. The collapse of a civilization is a momentous thing. In THE CHILDREN OF PRIDE it pursues its inexorable course day by day, with the actors in the drama unaware of their destiny. Only the reader perceives the tragic ironies." (from Amazon).
Jul 2015
If you haven't read the classic novel "Gone with the wind" by Margaret Mitchell then I'd advise you to read it, but to take it with a grain of salt. While the story does well at putting you into the climate of 1860's Georgia, the writer also uses dramatic license to enhance many aspects of the society which simply aren't historically accurate. It is a great work of literature, even if not an academic study of the period in Georgia.

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Jun 2016
If you haven't read the classic novel "Gone with the wind" by Margaret Mitchell then I'd advise you to read it
Thank you, but I have read it a few times (first time as a kid) and re-read it recently as it was the first thing that jumped into my mind in terms of the research = )

'Though if you know any articles with a solid analyses of what is and isn't historically accurate in the book, that would be very interesting to read. ;)