Edward J. Cashin earned his Ph.D. in History at Fordham University. He has lived in Georgia for more than thirty years, & has served as chairman of the History Department at Augusta State University. He currently serves as director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State. His many publications include "Setting Out to Begin a New World: Colonial Georgia, a Documentary History", "Old Springfield: Race & Religion in Augusta, Georgia", & "William Bartram & the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier". His books have received numerous honors, including the E. Merton Coulter Award for excellence in writing Georgia history from the Georgia Historical Society, the Governor's Award in the Humanities, & the Hugh McCall Award for excellence in writing Georgia history, presented by the Georgia Association of Historians.