"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
Among other major developments in Savannah's history, Fraser recalls the hardships of its first residents; the depredations of the Revolutionary War; the relocation of Georgia's capital away from the city; the growth of commerce through railroads and steamships; the establishment of public institutions such as the Female Asylum for orphaned and abandoned girls and the Poor House and Hospital; and the emergence of public education, a professional police force, and other elements of an urban infrastructure.
More than any previous history of the city, Savannah in the Old South points out how whites and blacks, bondpeople and free men and women often interacted in ways that smoothed away the rough edges of racism. From Savannah's physical layout to its cosmopolitan culture, from its social services network to its racially diverse poor neighborhoods, the city offered opportunities for daily contact between blacks and whites that did not exist in the surrounding rural areas.
By the eve of the Civil War, Savannah had become Georgia's major commercial and cultural center and the region's sixth largest city. The story of its remarkable growth is told here with an eye for telling facts and human drama.
Read more about Savannah at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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