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Excerpt from Bill Arp: From the Uncivil War to Date, 1861-1903Not to go back in history further than my own time and recollections, let me venture upon some unoccupied territory and tell how Cherokee Georgia became the home of that much-maligned andMoreExcerpt from Bill Arp: From the Uncivil War to Date, 1861-1903Not to go back in history further than my own time and recollections, let me venture upon some unoccupied territory and tell how Cherokee Georgia became the home of that much-maligned and misunderstood individual known as the Georgia cracker. I have lived long in his region, and am close akin to him.There is really but little difference between the Georgia cracker and the Alabama or Tenuessee cracker. They all have, or had, the same origin, and until the Appalachian range was opened up to the rest of mankind by railroads and the school-house, these crackers had ways and usages, and a language peculiarly their own.It will be remembered that until 1835 the Cherokee Indians owned and occupied this region of Georgia - the portion lying west of the Chattahoochee and north of the Tallapoosa rivers. They were the most peaceable and civilized of all the tribes, but they were not subject to Georgia laws, and had many conflicts and disturbances with their white nabors. It seemed to he manifest destiny that they should go. Go west, red man, was the white mans fiat. They went at the point of the bayonet, and all their beautiful country was suddenly opened to the ingress of whomsoever might come. Georgia had it surveyed and divided into lots of 40 and 160 acres, and then made a lottery and gave every man and widow and orphan child a chance in the drawing. But the cracker didnt wait for the drawing. The rude, untamed and restless people from the mountain borders of Georgia and the Carolinas flocked hither to pursue their wild and fascinating occupation of hunting and fishing for a livelihood. They came separately, but soon assimilated and shared a common interest.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.