Georgia was one of the original seven slave states that formed the confederate states in february 1861 triggering the us civil warthe state governor democrat joseph e brown wanted locally raised troops to be used only for the defence of georgia in defiance of confederate president jefferson davis who wanted to deploy them on other . The south like the rest of the country was forever altered by the dramatic events of the civil war 1861 65 few states however were more central to the outcome of the conflict than georgia. Indeed whatever their disagreements on other matters and those are many historians of the civil war and emancipation with the possible exception of web du bois who in his 1935 work black reconstruction in america 1860 1880 regarded black americans under slavery and freedom as consequential political actors almost universally . Black women helped rebuild the postwar south frances ellen watkins harper born free in baltimore self supporting from the age of thirteen working as a nursemaid later as an abolitionist lecturer reader of her own poetry spoke all through the southern states after the war
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