Georgia History Exemption Exam Study Outline

This outline is designed to be used with the New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE). The NGE is a joint effort meant to be "the first state encyclopedia to be conceived and designed exclusively for publication online ... [helping] users understand the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia's still-unfolding story." The encyclopedia is overseen by the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, The State of Georgia, and GALILEO: Georgia Virtual Library.

A good starting point in the NGE is the article, "Georgia History: Overview" (NGE History & Archaeology Topics).

You may also use other sources to help you study. Units 1-8 of Georgia Public Broadcasting's Georgia Studies Digital Textbook covers the history of Georgia and is available for free. Recent scholarship on the history of the state can be found in Georgia: A Brief History by Christopher Meyers and David Williams. Please check with Odum Library for the availability of additional resources.

The Georgia Exemption Exams are offered online at no cost and may be taken as many times as is needed to obtain a passing score (Request Online Access). The passing score on the Georgia History Exam is 52% (26 correct answers out of 50 total).

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Time Periods / Areas of Study:

Pre-European Contact (~13,000 years ago-1550s AD)
Colonial (1550s-1776)
Revolutionary (1774-1780s)
Confederation America / Early Nation (1780s-1820)
Antebellum (1820-1861)
Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)
Gilded Age / Progressive Era / World War I (1870s-1920)
Interwar Years and World War II (1920-1945)
Post World War II / 21st century (1945-Present)
Governors of Georgia
Georgia State Capitals

Pre-European Contact (~13,000 years ago-1550s AD)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • Clovis Culture
      • Late Archaic Period
      • Woodland Period
      • Kolomoki Mounds
      • Rock Structures
      • Mississippian Period
      • Ocmulgee Mounds / Ocmulgee National Monument

Colonial (1550s-1776)

    • Important Topics of Study: 
      • Mission Santa Catalina de Guale
      • English Colonial Immigration
      • Board of Trustees
      • Slavery in Colonial Georgia
      • James Oglethorpe
      • Chief Tomochichi / Yamacraw Band
      • Motives for Colonization
      • Non-English Colonists: Salzburgers, Moravians, and Highlanders
      • The War of Jenkins’ Ear
      • Royal Georgia Governmental Structure
      • Royal Georgia Economy
      • James Wright

Revolutionary (1774-1780s)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • Tondee’s Tavern
      • Button Gwinnett
      • George Walton
      • Lyman Hall
      • Revolutionary War in Georgia
      • Archibald Bulloch
      • Nathaniel Greene
      • Siege of Savannah
      • Slavery in Revolutionary Georgia
      • Battle of Kettle Creek
      • Nancy Hart

Confederation America / Early Nation (1780s-1820)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • William Few Jr.
      • Abraham Baldwin
      • Agriculture
      • Eli Whitney
      • Yazoo Land Fraud
      • Land Lottery System
      • Cherokee
      • Sequoyah
      • Creek

Antebellum (1820-1861)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • 1829 Gold Rush
      • Cherokee Nation
      • The Cherokee Phoenix
      • Worcester v. Georgia
      • Chief John Ross
      • Native American Removal
      • George M. Troup
      • Trail of Tears
      • Railroad Construction
      • United States Sectional Crisis
      • Slavery in Antebellum Georgia
      • Georgia Platform
      • Joe E. Brown
      • 1860 United States Presidential Election

Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • Civil War in Georgia
      • Confederate States of America
      • Robert Toombs
      • Alexander H. Stephens
      • Disagreements between the State of Georgia and the CSA
      • Civil War Home Front
      • Union Blockade
      • Andrews Raid
      • Andersonville Prison
      • Atlanta Campaign
      • Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
      • Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood
      • Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
      • Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman
      • March to the Sea
      • Rufus Bullock
      • Sharecropping System
      • The Ku Klux Klan

Gilded Age / Progressive Era / World War I (1870s-1920)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • Bourbon Triumvirate
      • Populism
      • Thomas E. Watson
      • Farmers' Alliance
      • The New South
      • Henry W. Grady
      • Hoke Smith
      • The Leo Frank Case
      • Joel Chandler Harris
      • Early Civil Rights Movement in Georgia
      • Jim Crow
      • World War I in Georgia

Interwar Years and World War II (1920-1945)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • Cash Crop Agriculture
      • Boll Weevil
      • William Hartsfield
      • Great Depression
      • Richard B. Russell
      • Franklin D. Roosevelt
      • New Deal
      • Eugene Talmadge
      • World War II in Georgia
      • Wartime Economy
      • Liberty Ship

Post World War II / 21st century (1945-Present)

    • Important Topics of Study:
      • 1958 Atlanta Temple Bombing
      • Carl Sanders
      • County Unit System
      • Herman Talmadge
      • Civil Rights Movement in Georgia
      • Dr. Martin Luther King
      • Lester Maddox
      • Ivan Allen Jr.
      • The City Too Busy to Hate
      • Air France Flight 007
      • Andrew Young
      • Maynard Jackson
      • Hank Aaron
      • Jimmy Carter
      • Post World War II Economic Growth
      • The Sunbelt / Sun Belt
      • HOPE Scholarship
      • 1996 Atlanta Olympics
      • State Flags of Georgia and Controversy

Governors of Georgia 

Georgia State Capitals