Talk:Seal of Georgia (U.S. state)
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" being guarded by a man (possibly a soldier from the American Revolution) with a drawn sword, representing the military's defense of the Constitution."
The "man" represented on Georgia's State Seal dates much earlier than the American Revolution, represents more than a standard Soldier in the "military", and would never dream of defending "The (US) Constitution". The "man" depicted is from the Georgia Militia. A citizen-soldier. A pre-United States ancestor of the National Guardsman (which was a Federal creation). One may easily argue that the language of the current O.C.G.A. § 50-3-30 lends strong credit for the capitalized meaning of Constitution to mean the US version. But a review of the Seal's history and through understanding of Georgia's history may lend weight towards another conclusion. If we review the official precedents of the Seal (See laws 1799, Cobb's 1851 Digest, p. 959; Code 1863, § 86; Code 1868, § 81; Code 1873, § 86; Code 1882, § 86; Civil Code 1895, § 184; Civil Code 1910, § 213; Ga. L. 1914, p. 1247; Code 1933, § 40-701; Ga. L. 2001, p. 1, § 3) and utilize Georgia's turbulent transition after the Civil War ( Reconstruction - the downfall of the Progressives and election of McKinley), I propose that the Soldier embodies the legacy of General Oglethorpe's Militia, who truly protected the Georgia Charter and eventually the Georgia Constituions after the Revolutionary War. Fundamentally, Georgia was staunchly pro-cession throughout the Post Revolution with increasing anti-Federal sentiments until well after the Civil War. The State's Right argument in a nutshell. Concessions may be made that some of Georgia's leadership durring this period (the First Seal with 1799) were pro Federalist like Clarke but these sentiments fell away by the 1860's. Durring Reconstruction, the seals were hidden until the Reconstruction supporters was eliminated. It was not until after the failure of the Farmers Alliance and eventual Progressive movement collapsed when Georgia began its true integration into National Government. With the election of McKinley and several subsequent presidents, America turned to building an empire through imperialistic growth. This gradual acceptance and transition from the old Bourbon ruled Georgia to the modernization and integration into National Affairs encompasses the time period when we see many of Georgia's semiotics change. The change from 1799 (a date originating from the state's history) to 1776 ( a Federally important date) lends credit to the argument that the original intent of the Georgia Seal was symbolic of Georgia's classic history, not the contemporary version which has become altered to sugar coat the state's true and turbulent past.