History Professor Publishes First Book On Colonial Georgia

Feb. 15, 2005

by Haley L. Wright

Dr. Julie Sweet, assistant professor of history at Baylor University, has published her first book, Negotiating For Georgia: British-Creek Relations in the Trustee Era, 1733-1752.

Published by the University of Georgia Press, Sweet's account disputes the historical theory that Georgia's first two decades were unsuccessful. Instead, she contends the Trustee era produced respect and cooperation between British settlers and the Lower Creeks, the Native American group with whom they had the most contact.

To support her claim, Sweet focused on the negotiations between James Oglethorpe, the English leader, and Tomochichi, the Lower Creek representative, as well as several other individuals and group who played important roles in British-Creek relations during this period.

Edward J. Cushin, Augusta State University, said he found Negotiating For Georgia to be a "satisfying, well-written, thoroughly researched, and detailed account of the relations of Indians and colonist."

Sweet came to Baylor in fall 2002 after completing her doctorate in May 2002 at the University of Kentucky. A selection of her courses include History of the United States to 1877, American Revolution and Constitution, and American Colonial History.

For more information, contact Sweet at 710-6303 or Julie_Sweet@baylor.edu .

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