By Leslie M. Harris,Daina Ramey Berry,Daina Berry,Jonathan M. Bryant,Bobby J. Donaldson,Leslie Harris,Jacqueline Jones,Timothy Lockley,Susan O'Donovan,Janice Sumler-Edmond,Jeffrey Young,James A. McMillin
Slavery and Freedom in Savannah is a richly illustrated, accessibly written booklet modeled at the very winning Slavery in New York, a quantity Leslie M. Harris coedited with Ira Berlin. the following Harris and Daina Ramey Berry have amassed a number of views on slavery, emancipation, and black existence in Savannah from the city’s founding to the early 20th century. Written via best historians of Savannah, Georgia, and the South, the amount incorporates a mixture of longer thematic essays and shorter sidebars targeting person humans, occasions, and places.
The tale of slavery in Savannah could appear to be an outlier, given how strongly most folk affiliate slavery with rural plantations. yet as Harris, Berry, and the opposite participants indicate, city slavery used to be instrumental to the slave-based economic system of North the United States. Ports like Savannah served as either an access element for slaves and as some extent of departure for items produced by means of slave exertions within the hinterlands. furthermore, Savannah’s connection to slavery used to be now not easily summary. The approach of slavery as skilled through African american citizens and enforced by means of whites encouraged the very form of the town, together with the development of its infrastructure, the criminal procedure created to aid it, and the industrial lifetime of town and its rural atmosphere. Slavery and Freedom in Savannah restores the city African American inhabitants and the city context of slavery, Civil conflict, and emancipation to its rightful position, and it deepens our figuring out of the commercial, social, and political textile of the U.S. South.
This undertaking is made attainable via a furnish from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library companies. This quantity is released in cooperation with Savannah’s Telfair Museum and attracts upon its services and collections, together with Telfair’s Owens-Thomas condo. As a part of their ongoing efforts to record the lives and labors of the African Americans—enslaved and free—who equipped and labored on the condominium, this quantity additionally explores the Owens, Thomas, and Telfair households and the ways that their possession of slaves was once foundational to their wealth and worldview.