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Show Thyself a ManGeorgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905$
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Gregory Mixon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062723

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062723.001.0001

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Creating the Georgia Militia

Creating the Georgia Militia

Blacks and the Road to State Militia Companies, 1865–1880

(p.81) 3 Creating the Georgia Militia
Show Thyself a Man

Gregory Mixon

University Press of Florida

Explores the competition at the county level between whites and blacks over who should have a state-sponsored militia company granted by the governor. The chapter also examines the formation of black and white state-sponsored militia companies across Georgia after the Civil War. Presents the white view of the Johnson County Insurrection of 1875 and their use of the courthouse as a private space instead of a public space. These definitions caused whites to fear black political organizing during Reconstruction and beyond. Whites assumed that black political mobilization was automatically violent. Militia organizing was a competition over who would control the county. The alleged insurrection was one of those points of conflict and control with the militia company central to the event.

Keywords:   State-sponsored militia, insurrection, Reconstruction

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