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Date of Graduation

Spring 5-7-2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of History


This work discusses three counties in Georgia during the secession crisis from Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 until Georgia seceded from the Union in January 1861. The focus of this paper originally began with Thomas County, Georgia, the only county in southwest Georgia not to vote for secession. Research began with the simple idea of finding out why Thomas County's citizens opposed secession. Dougherty and Muscogee counties were included to add a broader scope to the research and make the paper more useful for comparison to other counties in Georgia. By using methodology consist with historical research, the conclusion of this paper is that the secession debate in Georgia was simply a continuation of the political fighting between Democrats and Whigs that had occurred in the state since the 1830s. Thus, political allegiance played a vital role in determining support for, or opposition to, secession in these three counties.

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