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Historian discusses the fate of Savannah during the Civil War

Posted: October 31, 2008

Jones has earned numerous awards for her scholarship, including the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Taft Prize in Labor History, the Spruill Prize in Southern Women's History, a MacArthur Fellowship, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Council of Learned Societies.

Jacqueline Jones, the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas, will discuss her new book Saving Savannah: The City and Civil War (Knopf, 2008) in a talk sponsored by the Department of History. Seating is free, but limited.

Jones has earned numerous awards for her scholarship, including the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Taft Prize in Labor History, the Spruill Prize in Southern Women's History, a MacArthur Fellowship, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Council of Learned Societies.

About Saving Savannah
A panoramic portrait of the city of Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War--a poignant story of the African American freedom struggle in this prosperous southern riverport, set against a backdrop of military conflict and political turmoil. Jacqueline Jones, prizewinning author of the groundbreaking "Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow," has written a masterpiece of time and place, transporting readers to the boisterous streets of this fascinating city.

Drawing on military records, diaries, letters, newspapers, and memoirs, Jones brings Savannah to life in all its diversity, weaving together the stories of individual men and women, bankers and dockworkers, planters and field hands, enslaved laborers and free people of color.

"A meticulous recreation of the Civil War in Georgia's rice kingdom . . . Jones . . . traces this tragic story with thoroughness and sophistication." - Kevin Boyle, The New York Times Book Review

Learn more about Prof. Jones...

Photo of Jones by J.D. Sloan
Background from front-of-book-jacket photograph by Sam A. Cooley/Library of Congress

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