Scholarly Websites with Annotations

SS8H10 Scholarly websites with annotations

SS8H10 a. Analyze the impact of the transformation of agriculture on Georgia’s growth

1. “Cotton,” New Georgia Encyclopedia, (accessed on 19 February 2011).

Although cotton was king for over two centuries in Georgia, production began to decrease before World War II thanks to the boll weevil, a decrease in the market price, and changes in traditional farming practices.  Today’s cotton production is often done by large corporations using equipment guided by satellites.

2.  Haney, P.B., W. J. Lewis, W.R. Lambert. “Cotton Production and the Boll Weevil in Georgia: History, Cost of Control, and Benefits of Eradication.”,f3cf76b7&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=j9F.G2d1y1lRZus_LWWwFA–.  (accessed on 19 February 2011).

Although this article may be too technical for many middle school students, it does detail the history of cotton production in Georgia, the devastation that the boll weevil took on cotton and Georgia’s struggle to eradicate the boll weevil from Georgia cotton crops.  Students can skim over the article to see how serious the problem was without getting too bogged down in details.  Unfortunately, the article also details just how many chemicals were involved in the eradication.


SS8H10 b. Explain how the development of Atlanta, including the roles of mayors William B. Hartsfield and Ivan Allen, Jr., and major league sports, contributed to the growth of Georgia.


3.  “Civil Rights and Sunbelt Georgia, 1945-1980s,” Digital Library of Georgia, (accessed on 19 February 2011).

This collection of photos highlights Atlanta’s developing real estate, downtown Atlanta and suburban businesses, the Atlanta Crackers, and Delta Airline’s public relations photos of Atlanta.

4.  “Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills” Digital Collection from the Archives & Records Management Library & information Center Georgia Institute of Technology, (accessed on 19 February 2011).

The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill was a fixture in downtown Atlanta from the 1870s until its closure in 1978.  The rise and fall of the mill mirrored Georgia’s rising and waning interest in cotton production and the modern focus on a more national and international economy.  The founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, Jacob Elsas, was instrumental in the founding of Georgia Tech.

5. “Herbert H. Lee Photographs,” The Atlanta History Center, (accessed on 19 February 2011.)

Containing over 200 images, these photographs show views of downtown Atlanta over a wide period.  While some do not pertain to this period (1945-1975), several photos are of buildings that were important to Atlanta at one time.  Others show a lot of poverty in downtown Atlanta.

6. The Digital Library of Georgia, “Civil Rights Digital Library,” (accessed on 13 February 2011).

The “Civil Rights Digital Library” is a digital archive documenting the history of Georgia’s path to freedom and equal rights for all citizens. This website offers multimedia resources for all the key activists in Georgia. There are numerous resources for both mayors William B. Hartsfield and Ivan Allen Jr. that include political cartoons, television news broadcasts, and newspaper articles.

7. The Digital Library of Georgia, “Georgia Info” (accessed on 14 February 2011).

This site is another branch of the Digital Library of Georgia. It offers information on voting districts, historic and modern maps of the state and its cities, state and local government, and Georgia history. It includes some original work, but its main purpose is to offer students and educators trusted links to find information on the state.

General Georgia History

8. Teaching History,,  (accessed on May 4, 2011.)

 A website devoted to historical content for teachers of K-12. Wide variety of digital media available and lesson plans. Searchable feature for specific Georgia State Performance Standards.

9.  Teacher Tube,,  (accessed on May 4, 2011).

 Excellent source for teachers and students by teachers. The fun and instructional videos cover a variety of curriculum. A great way for history to come alive and encourage active student participation. Searchable lesson plans, activities, quizzes, and printables recently added.

10. Georgia Info,,  (accessed on May 4, 2011).

 A wealth of resources for individuals, teachers, and students the newly updated GeorgiaInfo website contains links to state agencies where primary and secondary resources exist. The photographs, videos, interactive maps, and articles are offered through the GALILEO system and is a part of the Digital Library of Georgia.

11. Our Georgia History,, (accessed on May 4, 2011).

The website features extensive information on the history of Georgia covering pre-colonial times to current topics. The site is a bit challenging to navigate and does not contain a variety of multi-media, yet the content will result in data as well as suggestions for further research.  It contains many useful documents on Georgia history.