Orig. pub. Atlanta 1924. Reprinted 1974. Print on Demand Edition 2009. 200 pp., map. Item #70
Using all the early land grants and other records of the state, McLendon, who was secretary of state in Georgia at the time he wrote this book, put together a valuable study of Georgia's land disposition history dealing specifically with the lands acquired from the Creek and Cherokee Indians and the Georgia western lands in largely what is now Alabama and Mississippi. He discusses the headright and land lottery counties. Particular emphasis, however, is on the Yazoo Land Fraud, a massive fraud perpetrated by several Georgia governors and the state legislature from 1795-1803 by selling large tracts of land to insiders at absurdly low prices. Major companies involved in this were the Georgia Land Company, the Georgia Mississippi Company, the Upper Mississippi Company, and the Tennessee Company. Earlier companies involved were the South Carolina Yazoo Company, the Virginia Yazoo Company, and the Tennessee Yazoo Company. Lists of landowners and those involved in the various transactions make the volume also useful for genealogical research.