The Sorrels of Savannah: Life on Madison Square and Beyond

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The Sorrels of Savannah is a story of tragedy and triumph. The family lived during tumultuous times in America's history. Francis, the patriarch, built for himself and his family a lavish, privileged lifestyle in Savannah made possible, in part, by the institution of slavery. Their family was among the last generation of antebellum slaveholding southerners whose way of life was challenged and forever changed by the Civil War and Reconstruction that followed. The Sorrels of Savannah is an interesting and readable account of a remarkable family--their individual personalities and traits, both honorable and dishonorable.

The Sorrels of Savannah-Francis, his two wives, and their children-are significant to history not just for their individual compelling stories, but that they offer a view of a family and their relationships with each other and the outside world during one of the most cataclysmic eras in American history. They offer a close-up, personal look at what life was really like for a relatively small but much publicized group of people: the slaveholding, white antebellum elite of Savannah, Georgia. Through their stories, the reader is privy to life in the South before, during, and after the Civil War. This small history provides unguarded glimpses of their personal lives and views as they interact with each other during good times and bad. The reader is allowed to step back in time to hear their voices, know their thoughts, feel their fears, and witness their successes and failures. The Sorrels of Savannah is not just a history--it is an excursion into America's past.

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