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A killing on Ring Jaw Bluff : the great recession and the death of small-town Georgia

Summary: "'A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff' recounts the rise and fall of Georgia's rural population as told through the story of Charles Graves Rawlings. From modest beginnings as a liveryman, he acquired nearly 40,000 acres of land, as well as a bank, a railroad, and diverse other businesses. By 1920, he was one of the state's wealthier men, with a loving wife and family, and powerful political connections. Five years later he was facing a sentence of life in prison for his role in the alleged murder of his first cousin, Gus Tarbutton. The growth of wealth in rural Georgia during the first two decades of the twentieth century was dramatic, as was the economic crash that accompanied and followed the so-called Great Recession of 1920-21. While the rest of the nation recovered rapidly, transitioning to the era of the Roaring Twenties, the rural South remained mired in social and financial despair. This is the story of rural Georgia that foreshadowed our own day, our own story."

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  • ISBN: 9780881464313
  • ISBN: 0881464317
  • Physical Description: print
    276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Macon, GA : Mercer University Press, [2013]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-272) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- A prosperous town -- A self-made man -- The land of cotton -- The long depression -- Movers and shakers -- Unintended consequences -- The uncertain line between truth and justice -- The rise to the top -- The seeds of destruction -- Farming with dynamite -- Crocodile tears -- "Colored people are buying automobiles" -- The spoils of war -- The hand of providence -- What goes up must come down -- The wrath of God and man -- The chickens come home to roost -- One hundred percent Americanism -- Justice dispensed -- "Laborers drift to the North" -- One last fire -- A tragic accident -- Was it wanton murder? -- The problem witness -- A battle hard fought -- Everything falls apart -- I'm not guilty, of course -- Aftermath -- Winners and Losers -- Thought.
Subject: Rawlings, Charles Graves 1858-1938
Murder Georgia Washington County
Trials (Murder) Georgia Washington County
Depressions 1929 Georgia
Georgia Social conditions 20th century
Georgia Economic conditions 20th century

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