The nineteenth century, scholars now argue, was one of tremendous change. It included debates about citizenship, national belonging, and, I would add, the role of the militia in colonial expansion, revolution, and state formation. This study has been about two groups of people: the white Georgians and the black Georgians involved with the development, evolution, and maintenance of independent and state-sponsored militia companies during the late nineteenth century. It has examined how these Georgians used the militia company to shape and define their freedom, citizenship, and belonging. Their late nineteenth-century endeavors were part of “the problem of freedom” explored by Thomas C. Holt and “the problem of emancipation and its aftermath” examined by Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie....
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