Digital Clinton: Slavery and Freedom in Middle Georgia and Reflections on Our Mutual Past

In 1848, William and Ellen Craft (1824-1900; c. 1826-c. 1891) escaped from slavery in Macon, Georgia. Ellen, who was born in Clinton, Georgia, could pass for white and disguised herself as a wealthy, physically ill enslaver traveling North for medical treatments; William accompanied her as his "master's" devoted, enslaved valet; both traveled openly by train, steamship, and carriage to arrive in free Philadelphia on Christmas Day.  

Documenting the Body of State: Paper and the Archive of Early American Constitutionalism

Asheesh Kapur Siddique, assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is a historian of early America and the early modern Atlantic world and is currently completing a book about knowledge and governance in the early modern British empire. In this virtual talk, Siddique argues that the mode of constitution-making inaugurated in the aftermath of the American Revolution represented not an invention of written constitutionalism--as is often claimed--but instead a revision of the relationship between document and statecraft in early modern Europe.

From Colony to Statehood: The Georgia Open History Library

In 2026, the United States will mark the 250th anniversary of its founding. In anticipation of this event, the University of Georgia Press has developed the Georgia Open History Library: From Colony to Statehood in the New Union. This resource provides free digital access to 45 out-of-print volumes focused on Georgia from the colony’s founding through the American Revolution.  

Virtual Family Day: Drinkable Water in Georgia

This family day event is now virtual!

Explore our new exhibit, Drinkable Water in Georgia, through exhibit photos, crafts, experiments, and interactive online activities hosted on our Family Day website. For more information, visit our event page on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/2x0lvBVCP

This event is made possible with support from the Stephen E. Draper Center and Archives for the Study of Water Law and Policy.

Lillian Smith Book Awards

Join us for the 2021 Lillian Smith Book Awards Ceremony, which will be held virtually on September 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET. The Lillian Smith Book Awards are sponsored by the Southern Regional Council, University of Georgia Libraries, DeKalb County Public Library/The Georgia Center for the Book, and Piedmont College.

The LSBA committee is proud to award the 2021 Lillian Smith Book Award to:

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-first Century by William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

Virtual Book Discussion Seen/Unseen: Hidden Lives in a Community of Enslaved Georgians

Seen/Unseen is a portrait of the complex network that created, held, and sustained a community of the enslaved. It documents the people kept in bondage by the Cobb-Lamar family, one of the wealthiest and most politically prominent families in antebellum America, labored in households and on plantations that spanned Georgia. Christopher R. Lawton, Laura E. Nelson, and Randy L.