Savannah in the New South: From the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century

Savannah in the New South: From the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century

by Walter J. Fraser Jr.


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Savannah in the New South: From the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century, by Walter J. Fraser, Jr., traces the city's evolution from the pivotal period immediately after the Civil War to the present. When the war ended, Savannah was nearly bankrupt; today it is a thriving port city and tourist center. This work continues the tale of Savannah that Fraser began in his previous book, Savannah in the Old South, by examining the city's complicated, sometimes turbulent development.
The chronology begins by describing the racial and economic tensions the city experienced following the Civil War. A pattern of oppression of freed people by Savannah's white civic-commercial elite was soon established. However, as the book demonstrates, slavery and discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and voter suppression galvanized the African American community, which in turn used protests, boycotts, demonstrations, the ballot box, the pulpit--and sometimes violence--to gain rights long denied.
As this fresh, detailed history of Savannah shows, economic instability, political discord, racial tension, weather events, wealth disparity, gang violence, and a reluctance to help the police continue to challenge and shape the city. Nonetheless Savannah appears to be on course for a period of prosperity, bolstered by a thriving port, a strong, growing African American community, robust tourism, and the economic and historical contributions of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Fraser's Savannah in the New South presents a sophisticated consideration of an important, vibrant southern metropolis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611178364
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/28/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,184,564
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Walter J. Fraser Jr. 1936-2017) was professor and chair emeritus of the Department of History at Georgia Southern University. He was co-author of four books and the author of Patriots, Pistols, and Petticoats: "Poor Sinful Charles Town" during the American Revolution and Charleston! Charleston! The History of a Southern City, both published by the University of South Carolina Press. He also wrote Savannah in the Old South and Lowcountry Hurricanes. "Jay," as he was known to friends, lived in Savannah with his wife, Lynn Wolfe. He died of pancreatic cancer as he was completing this book in March 2017.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Reconstruction, Ruins, and Revival: 1864-1872 8

Chapter 2 Depression, Neo-Confederates, Fevers, Society, and Labor: 1873-1891 56

Chapter 3 Murder, a Strike, a Swindle, and a Boycott: 1892-1915 89

Chapter 4 World War I, Boom, Bust, and a New Deal: 1916-1941 136

Chapter 5 From World War II to Rousakis's Last Terra: 1942-1991 181

Chapter 6 From Susan Weiner to Edna Jackson: 1992-2015 268

Conclusion 318

Notes 327

Bibliography 369

Index 385

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