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Savannah (GA) (Black America) Paperback – February 24, 2002
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Well-written and profusely illustrated, this book fills a gaping hole in the city�s history. The role that blacks have played in shaping that history isn�t widely understood and appreciated by the general public. One of the main reasons for this lack of familiarity is the absence of engaging works like this one.
Readers need not have any personal ties to Savannah to enjoy this work. These readers will hear in some of Savannah�s local history echoes of complex national issues with which all Americans continue to grapple. The notion of giving blacks 40 acres and a mule as compensation for their enslavement, for example, had its roots in Savannah. Moreover, an incident that inspired one of John Greenleaf Whittier�s poems grew out of the experience of a little black boy, Richard R. Wright, who had deep roots in Savannah. He would study at Atlanta University and Harvard and organize the college that would later become Savannah State University. Elmore�s book includes a rare photograph of Wright, along with George Washington Carver, at one of the many farmers conferences that Wright coordinated at the beginning of the 20th century. Quiet as it�s kept, farmers and other blacks in Georgia held property valued at $28 million during that period.
One of the book�s strengths lies in the way Elmore has assembled and arranged his material.Read more ›
I love doing research for my projects and this book was very helpful by giving me a sense of place where Savannah is concerned.