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Samuel Hugh Hawkins diary, January-July 1877

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Type: Journals (accounts) | Diaries | Text
Creator: Hawkins, S. H. (Samuel Hugh), 1835-1905
Title: Samuel Hugh Hawkins diary, January-July 1877
Date: 1877 Jan.-1877 July
Description: The Samuel Hugh Hawkins Diary, January - July 1877, donated by Georgia State Senator George Hooks to the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System, chronicles Americus, Georgia entrepreneur, lawyer, and banker Samuel Hawkins' financial, agricultural, civic, and religious activities in Sumter County during the final months of Reconstruction. Diary entries briefly illustrate Hawkins' work at the Bank of Americus and his real estate interests in the county. Having an interest in agriculture and horticulture, Hawkins describes his participation in the Sumter County Agricultural Society and Horticulture Society, attendance at the 1877 Georgia State Agricultural Society meeting in Milledgeville, entrepreneurial interest in the Bell Cultivator, and role in the founding of the Americus Fair Association. While later known for his role as president of the Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railroad Company, Hawkins mentions railroad issues only in passing. An active member of Bethel Baptist Church (later Americus Baptist Church), Hawkins records his religious observances throughout the journal. On a national level, Hawkins comments on the contested presidential election of 1876 and the resulting presidency of Republican candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes. Locally, he chronicles city and county elections and appointments to the constitutional convention, the efforts of an emigrant agent to lure local African Americans to Louisiana as contract laborers as well as events surrounding the murder of a white woman by an African American man. The site also contains related links, suggested readings, a historical note, and biographical notes of the figures mentioned in the diary.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Title from title screen (viewed Feb. 11, 2004).

Includes bibliographical references.

Digital image of original manuscripts, scanned by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2003.

Subjects: Hawkins, S. H. (Samuel Hugh), 1835-1905 | Americus Fair Association | Bank of Americus | Bethel Baptist Church (Americus, Ga.) | Georgia State Agricultural Society | United States. Electoral Commission (1877) | Georgia State Agricultural Society (1877 : Milledgeville, Ga.) | Agriculture--Georgia--Societies, etc. | Bankers--Georgia--Americus | Contested elections--United States | Cultivators--Marketing--History--19th century | Fairs--Georgia | Lawyers--Georgia | Presidents--United States--Election--1876 | Race relations--Southern States | Real property--Georgia--Sumter County | Reconstruction--Georgia | Americus (Ga.)--Politics and government--1865-1950 | Americus (Ga.)--Religious life and customs--History--19th century | Sumter County (Ga.)--Politics and government--1865-1950 | Americus (Ga.) | Sumter County (Ga.)
Contributors: Lake Blackshear Regional Library
Online Publisher: [Athens, Ga.] : Digital Library of Georgia, 2004
Original Material: Diary held by: Lake Blackshear Regional Library, Americus, Ga.
Rights and Usage: This work is the property of the University of Georgia Libraries. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.
Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/hawk/

Related Institutions: Digital Library of Georgia
Lake Blackshear Regional Library
Collection Information: Samuel Hugh Hawkins diary, January-July 1877