Glascock County Historical Society offering presentation on The Twin Scandals of Early Georgia: The Great Yazoo Fraud and The Pine Barrens Speculation
While we often like to think of the early days of the American Republic as those of selfless men and women striving to build a noble democratic society, the truth often presents rude surprises. At the end of the Revolution, the State of Georgia stretched from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River, vast rich lands to be opened to settlers. In what was among the new nation’s first major corruption scandals, during the 1780s and 1790s, the corrupt Georgia legislature sold millions of acres of these western lands to speculators, with devastating results for the state. As if this were not enough, in the 1790s, millions of acres of fraudulent land grants were handed out to other speculators, resulting in the state’s “deeded” property exceeding the actual size of the state by some 19 million acres.
Join the Glascock County Historical Society for its April meeting of to hear author William Rawlings speak on these fascinating events drawn from our shared past. The meeting will be held at the Glascock County Community Center (Braswell Park) at 7 p.m. on April 6.