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When the colony of Georgia was first founded, slavery was banned. The board of trustees that oversaw the new colony wanted to avoid creating a plantation-based society dependent on slave labor. The decision was one of practicality and not moral imperative. Georgia would serve as a barrier against Spanish encroachment in the new world and it was felt that a Spanish offer of freedom to those who were enslaved would put the colony at risk.

As history has shown, the slavery ban did not last. The lure of big money from large-scale crop production was too great and wealthy landowners in the colony successfully lobbied to lift the slavery ban. Georgia became a slave state and Atlanta, when it was created, a slave city, albeit with a few modifications as we’ll see in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

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Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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