Category Archives: Places

Podcast S7E15: Liberty Street: A Savannah Family, Its Golden Boy, and the Civil War

Stan interviews author Jason Friedman about his new book, Liberty Street. Jason and his husband bought a townhouse on Liberty Street in his hometown of Savannah. But that was just the beginning of a remarkable journey: “It’s a house that came with a story: the rise and fall of a Southern Jewish family and a ghost story whose long-dead characters still haunt the present. Liberty Street chronicles my journey to understand the Solomon Cohen family and the way their lives intersected with their enslaved workers, Savannah’s Jewish community, and their Christian neighbors. I became interested in the way we talk about the Civil War, its origins, and aftermath. What do we remember? Or choose to forget?  I came to know the denizens of Liberty Street 150 years before I moved there, and to understand my own story as a Jew, a Southerner, and an American.”

Podcast S7E11: David Blight on Yale and Slavery, History and Memory

How do we hold institutions accountable for the sins of the past? In this podcast, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight of Yale University talks with Stan about his latest book, Yale and Slavery: A History, and how he and a team of researchers uncovered Yale’s historical involvement with slavery, the slave trade, abolition, and Jim Crow—and the important role that slavery played in the creation of one of America’s most renowned institutions of higher learning.

Podcast S7E9: Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta—and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports

Stan’s guest this week is Clayton Trutor, talking about his recent book Loserville, the winner of the Georgia Historical Society’s 2023 Bell Award for the best book in Georgia history published in 2022. Clayton discusses how Atlanta’s quest for professional sports franchises—the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and Flames—re-shaped Atlanta and Georgia in the second half of the 20th century.

Governing Georgia Across Three Centuries, Part 2: Founding of the Georgia Colony

Off the Deaton Path presents a special series exploring the theme of the 2023-2024 Georgia History Festival: Governing Georgia Across Three Centuries. The second video in this series focuses on the establishment of government in Georgia when James Oglethorpe and the first colonists arrived in 1733 to what became Great Britain’s final colony in mainland North America.

Classroom worksheets that pair with each Governing Georgia Across Three Centuries video are available on the Georgia History Festival website.