Industry Blurb – Silkmaking

This Industry Blurb focuses on Silkmaking, the industry which the Trustees hoped would play a big role in the Georgia Colony. The blurb will cover the basics of silkmaking and provide a quick overview of the colonists (failed) efforts. Enjoy!

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People Blurb – William Bull

This People Blurb focuses on William Bull, the South Carolinian who helped James Oglethorpe in laying-out the City of Savannah. Bull had a number of accomplishments in his own right before and after 1733, this Blurb will flesh out his background. Enjoy!

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Episode 3 – The Founding of Savannah

Episode 3 covers the founding of Savannah. The episode covers General Oglethorpe’s negotiations with Chief Tomochichi, the development of the plan for Savannah (with a short, bonus discussion of colonial town planning), and introduces us to a few of the first settlers of the Georgia Colony. Enjoy!

Map of the City of Savannah and its garden and farm lots; John McKinnon; circa 1800. Image Courtesy of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia

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Place Blurb – Forsyth Park

Place Blurbs will be short, periodic episodes to bridge the gap between production of the longer narrative episodes. This first Place Blurb talks about Forsyth Park in Savannah. Below the media player I’ve included some photos I took earlier today on my visit to Forsyth Park. Enjoy!

Approaching the Fountain from Gaston Street.
An up-close view of the Fountain just before sunrise.
A view of the current Confederate Monument in the sunrise.
A view inside the Fragrant Garden. The gate was locked when I visited at 7:30 in the morning, but the smells could not be contained!
Lovely blooms hint that spring has sprung. The park is about half in bloom right now. This weekend and next week should see the rest pop-out of their winter slumber.

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Episode 2 – James Edward Oglethorpe

Episode 2 formally introduces us to James Oglethorpe, the man widely considered to be the “Father of Georgia.” The episode traces his early life from birth, war in Europe, activities in Parliament, culminating with his arrival at Savannah in 1733. Enjoy!

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Episode 1 – An Outline of Georgia History to 1865

Episode 1 provides an overview of the arc of Georgia History from, well, “the beginning,” until 1865. Hopefully this is helpful to those who are not familiar with the major events of that period. It will also be useful in creating a common starting point for many of the stories that are to come. Enjoy!

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Episode 0 – An Introduction

Episode 0 provides an introduction to the host (me!), the reasons for the podcast, and my goals for the project. I hope you enjoy!

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Hello!

Welcome to A Georgia History Podcast!

My name is Cam Yearty, and I’m a guy that lives in Athens, Georgia. I would describe myself as a husband and a dog owner, who works in Community Planning in my spare time. I have lived all of my life in Georgia, in various cities around the state. I’ve grown to appreciate my home state, and I think it’s worthy of a dedicated podcast to tell the story of its history.

I became interested in history podcasting through Mike Duncan’s The History of Rome, which runs a single narrative from Romulus and Remus through to the abdication of Romulus Augustulus. I have since been following along with the History of Byzantium podcast by Robin Pierson, who picks up where Mike left off. Outside of their narrative style of storytelling, I enjoy Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, which takes (very) deep dives into specific historical events. These podcasts, and others, have introduced me to an array of storytelling methods.

I wanted to begin this podcast because I see our state at a moment of great change. Each year, more and more folks are moving to our state who don’t have a vast knowledge of its history. Heck, even those of us who have lived here our whole lives don’t always have a comprehensive understanding of historical events, much less the “whys” of history. I do not pretend to have, or to be able to communicate, a grand understanding of Georgia History. What I do plan is to talk about the people, places, and events that have shaped our history.

I invite you to join me on our adventure as we work through the People, Places, and Events that populate Georgia History. Feel free to reach out with any questions, critiques, comments, or advice!

Have a good one,
—Cam