This is Part 3 of Joy Odom's series on the Georgia Land Lottery. Access the earlier columns by clicking the Historically Speaking icon on the Planet homepage. 

Probably because the whole thing was so exciting and everybody was so involved with the actual drawing that no...

These days when we hear someone refer to the Georgia lottery, we think of the state-sponsored, scratch-and-win-type games of chance that are purchased at convenience stores with most of the receipts going to education (the Hope Scholarships) and other specified state p...

When the Battle of Chickamauga began, there were 24 families living on small farms spread across the 5,300 acres that would become the battlefield. They were, in general, poor folks who struggled to feed their families on what they could grow on a few cleared acres of...

One of my favorite Civil War historians was a man named Shelby Foote, a native Mississippian with a wonderful, very patrician, very slow Southern drawl and an encyclopedic knowledge of the war –not just the military events, but also the “people history.” He read thous...

On 6 July 1876, a wedding took place in Dade County, probably on Lookout Mountain, that had great significance not only for the way it affected the future of this area but also because of how it came to be.

The groom was a young man of about 25 years named William Alexa...

Twenty years after the end of the Civil War, things were still broken in the newly re-United States. The South was in a terrible condition with so many men having been killed or disabled, huge swaths of the land laid waste, so many people’s homes and possessions destro...

One of the strange things about human nature is our tendency to ignore things that are most familiar to us because we see them constantly. I can remember a clear example of this from my own childhood in a southwestern suburb of Atlanta.

In those days, the 1950s, there w...

​​This is a continuation of Joy Odom's article on the hanging of John Retherford. If you'd like to read Part I, here's a link:

https://www.dadeplanet.com/single-post/2018/07/22/Dade-History-A-Day-to-Remember-in-Dade-County-Part-I

After about a year and a half at the Risi...

Over the last years of the 1800s and the early 1900s, a number of public hangings were carried out by law enforcement agencies in Dade County. These were the result of a number of different crimes and surrounding circumstances, but I believe it would be accurate to say...

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