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Savannah in the Old South (Wormsloe Foundation Publication Ser.) Paperback – September 1, 2005
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With clear, straightforward writing and impressive research, Savannah in the Old South is a real contribution in its chronicling of post-1800 events in Savannah from the perspective of African Americans (slave and free), immigrants, and women. It will appeal to readers who want to know more about Savannah, including those who have read the unflattering Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.(Edward J. Cashin Emeritus Director, Center for the Study of Georgia History, Augusta State University)
At last!―the scholarly, yet highly readable, history of Savannah that we have long been waiting for. In Savannah in the Old South, Jay Fraser has crafted a much-needed documented analysis of this dynamic tidewater trading town. This outstanding book about antebellum Savannah fills a long-neglected void―it is steeped in objectivity and provides an attention to detail that has been lacking in early histories.(Buddy Sullivan author of Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater)
[Fraser] has written a good scholarly history of the city. . . . Fraser, on these 400 or so pages, captures something of the Savannahian paradox―much of its humanizing influence, its culture was created on the bent, lacerated backs of slaves. . . . Savannah in the Old South will clearly nourish the city's perennial fascination with its forebears.(Savannah Morning News)
Walter J. Fraser Jr.'s is the first comprehensive, scholarly study of the city's past. . . . This is a richly detailed, readable portrait of a complex community. Fraser's time frame is far greater than the book's title suggests; he begins with the Indian trading center established on the Carolina side of the Savannah River in the late seventeenth century and ends with William T. Sherman's occupation of the city late in the Civil War. First and foremost a social and cultural history, Fraser's book is as multifaceted as any full-fledged urban history must be, with the city's economic and political-and military-experiences fully integrated into the narrative. . . . With this book, Fraser seals his reputation as one of the foremost of southern urban historians. He reminds us once again just how integral cities such as Savannah, while seemingly anomalous bastions of racial and ethnic diversity and interaction, were to the culture and character of the larger region of which they were a part.(Journal of American History)
Savannah in the Old South offers a broad, useful view of life in Georgia's first city. Fraser has created a lush tapestry from which future historians might work.(Southern Historian)
A deft synthesis of a bewildering amount of information, without sacrificing flavor or accuracy. Few tasks are more difficult than summarizing a mass of interesting and important material, but again and again, Fraser does just that. . . . General readers and scholars alike will find much . . . that will bring both profit and pleasure.(Georgia Historical Quarterly)
This book is full of the rich history of one of the greatest and most beautiful cities in the country.(Valdosta Daily Times)
Savannah in the Old South vividly demonstrates, with engaging prose and solid research, how European, African and Native American men and women influenced the city's development during the first one hundred thirty years. Filling a historiographic void, Fraser has judiciously blended political, economic, and social history to show how the Civil War, combined with free market forces, social circumstances, and other factors have left their marks on the city, reshaping Savannah and its society for the unforeseen future.(Florida Historical Quarterly)
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