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Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia
     

Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia

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by Jim Jordan
 

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âA stunning tale of life in Georgia in the years leading up to the Civil War. The fictional characters are as real as the historical ones.â
Dr. John Duncan, Professor Emeritus, Armstrong Atlantic State University

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Though Savannahâs beautiful squares and architecture were already acclaimed in antebellum

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Commendation

âA stunning tale of life in Georgia in the years leading up to the Civil War. The fictional characters are as real as the historical ones.â
Dr. John Duncan, Professor Emeritus, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Synopsis

Though Savannahâs beautiful squares and architecture were already acclaimed in antebellum years, the city also struggled with dramatic challenges. A third of the population was enslaved. A steamship explosion killed many of its leading citizens. A local businessman tried to reopen the slave trade. And events were leading, inevitably, to civil war.

Into this fascinating locale two young men are thrust: Joseph, a plantation ownerâs son, destined for a life of privilege, and Andrew, who is enslaved and being trained to manufacture bricks.

But many things in Savannah were not as we might think, and the two boys become inseparable friends. They grow up to face the contradictions that surround them: the graciousness and the violence, the accomplishments and the tragedies. They help build some of the cityâs greatest architecture. They become ensnared in the illegal slave ship expedition of the Wanderer, which landed 400 Africans on the Georgia coast, tore apart Savannah, and edged the country closer to war.

Both Joseph and Andrew face life-changing choices, made more difficult by the sweep of national politics. Can these two individuals maintain their friendship? And if so, at what price?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450080675
Publisher:
Xlibris Corporation
Publication date:
08/22/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
161,182
File size:
1 MB

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Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bscheldt More than 1 year ago
I read this book shortly after my Mom,my sisters,and I took our yearly "girls" trip to Savannah; what a beautiful city! I wanted to do a little more reading on the history of the city and this was the book to give me that info! It discussed the history of the city, some of the buildings and the real people that was involved in making the city the beautiful place it is. It is a very interesting read, written like fiction but based on fact!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read for Savannah history from about 1820 to 1860s.
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MimiSC More than 1 year ago
Jim Jordan's love of the history of the area he chose for his own retirement lead him to the library to research the history of Savannah - the tales he was hired to tell while working as a tour bus driver during the 1990's. Jordan has written an extraordinary and moving account of Savannah and its inhabitants, black and white. Jordan's descriptive writing and his ability to create fictional characters that blend so well with the historic figures of that time has resulted in a wonderful tale of the challenges and triumphs encountered by the black and white races prior to and during the Civil War. Due to his extensive research, Jordan accurately brings to life the environmental and architectural issues addressed by the men in charge of the development of the beautiful city of Savannah. Jordan provides facts regarding the determination of the city's leaders and their vision to reserve green space within the city's borders that make Savannah the remarkable destination spot it is today; the leaders' management of the Savannah River and their growth of Savannah's port as it rose to become the largest exporter of cotton in the world; their historical success in holding the Union navy at bay for years by building an artifical yet foreboding fort facing the sea; their dependence on the enslavement of humans to ensure the continuation of their "way of life"; and their addiction to slavery leading to predictably complicated relationships between the slave owners and their slaves. Captivating, Jordan has written an incredibly memorable book. Thank you, Jim Jordan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A year and a half ago, I started a book club - WARPed - Women With A Reading Problem - here in Savannah, GA - one of our founding members rules was 'No History books' - well, I read Savannah Grey and HAD to break that rule - it is a fabulously, fun, exciting read that should be read by ALL book clubs - the characters intrigue you, their stories are fascinating, and the true southern way of life is explained like no other book I have read before - all of us didn't want the book to end - My husbands family are local Savannahians - so relating to this book was even more fun - but anyone in Anytown, USA would enjoy this book and leave you yearning for the sequel!!! The author, Jim Jordan, is an unbelievable man with such awesome knowledge of southern history - he makes you want to get a bottle of wine and sit down with him for hours to learn all he knows - he graced us with his presence at our book club meeting and impressed all in attendance - Forget any other book you have read about Savannah - you haven't read anything compared to Savannah Grey - even at almost 500 pages, you don't want it to end...The women of WARPed HIGHLY recommend this book.