James Edward Oglethorpe turned his back on Oxford University, his family's Jacobite schemes, and a career as courtier to a prince to settle as an English country squire. But history was not to let him stay unnoticed. As a member of Parliament in the eighteenth century, Oglethorpe fought for debtors' rights and prison reform, and when he gained them, volunteered to found a new colony in America. Under his direction, settlements were established, strong bonds were formed with the Creek Indians, and the colony of Georgia flourished. He guided it during its formative years and protected it during war with Spain. That alone should have assured Oglethorpe of his place in history...but as he learned, politics and fortune are fickle. In this captivating biography, Joyce Blackburn details the career and life of this gallant gentleman, hero, visionary, and patriot.
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This book is a biography about James Edward Oglethorpe, the principal founder of the colony of Georgia. As with all biographies, the story can only be as exciting as the life of the individual in question. Oglethorpe's life is exciting enough, however, and for history lovers the book is a good, short, fact-filled read on the founder of one of the original colonies. The main fault I have is the author reconstructing scenarios and writing out dialogues for the subjects. Although I realize that some people are incapable of reading a nonfiction book unless the author makes it as much like a novel as possible, I found the dialogue sections to be boring and unnecessary. However, the book is a quick read and you will learn more than you thought you would with such a short book.